Miami's possible move to the Atlantic Coast Conference could be delayed
by a lawsuit filed by five Big East schools. Miami athletic director Paul Dee
said the school's plans haven't changed, despite the lawsuit filed Friday
accusing Miami, Boston College and the ACC of concocting a scheme to destroy the
Big East through the departure of the two schools.
Miami's Dee says lawsuit could slow down move to ACC - Courier News
Rutgers and four
other Big East Conference schools took their game from the playing field to a
court of law yesterday, filing suit in an attempt to prevent the University of
Miami and Boston College from defecting to the Atlantic Coast Conference. The
lawsuit, seeking hundreds of millions of dollars in damages and an injunction
that would preserve the 14-team Big East, was filed in state Superior Court in
Hartford, Conn. It alleges Miami, Boston College and the ACC engaged in a
"deliberate scheme to destroy the Big East and abscond with the (league's)
collective value." Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal told the
Associated Press the state has "absolutely rock-solid evidence" to support
claims there was a conspiracy.
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No longer Big East
members of much standing, Miami and Boston College officially are Defecting
School Defendants. That's their title in a lawsuit filed against them Friday by
five Big East members left behind as Miami and B.C. look to bolt for the
Atlantic Coast Conference.Those schools - Connecticut, Virginia Tech, West
Virginia, Pittsburgh and Rutgers accuse Miami and Boston College of a
"deliberate scheme to destroy the Big East and abscond with the collective value
of all that has been invested and created in the Big East." They refer to the
"subterranean manner" in which the two schools carried out this
The courtship that
led to Friday's unprecedented lawsuit by five Big East Conference schools trying
to keep their league intact started with an easy 21/2-block walk one January
morning in Coral Gables, Fla.Unbeknownst at that time to many, the ACC had been
studying the possibility of expansion for more than a year, creating a strategic
planning group, hiring a consultant and doing nearly all of its
An Expanded Look at ACC-Big East Battle (washingtonpost.com)
lawsuit filed by five Big East schools in an attempt to keep their conference
together might have little - if any - legal merit. But that doesn't mean it
can't succeed in stopping the defection of Miami and Boston College to the
Atlantic Coast Conference.
Gary R. Roberts, deputy dean and director of the sports law program at Tulane, said the suit might force ACC schools to rethink their expansion position, possibly leaving the conference without enough votes to extend invitations to Miami, BC and Syracuse.
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McClure calls them generals. They are the deans and professors that command the
operation at Syracuse University's Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public
McClure is stepping down this summer after 34 years of duty. The senior associate dean at Maxwell remembers only one instance when someone upstaged a general.
Littlest general to decide Big East fate
Virginia Tech couldn't beat Miami in football or men's basketball this year, but a Roanoke lawyer says Tech could have better luck in court.
Mike Urbanski, who dislikes the ACC's plan to take three teams from the Big East, sees merit to the argument that Miami and Boston College abandoned their contractual obligations to the Big East.
the lawsuit filed Friday by five Big East schools against Miami, Boston College,
and the Atlantic Coast Conference, the future for the Big East and ACC is on
hold, but perhaps not for long. The consensus, even among the five schools that
sued -- Rutgers, Pittsburgh, West Virginia, Virginia Tech, and Connecticut -- is
that it is unlikely they will be able to force BC, Miami, and Syracuse to remain
in the Big East. And to that end, indications from officials in both conferences
are that the ACC presidents will still vote Tuesday to offer invitations to the
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