West Virginia University announced Tuesday it has settled a lawsuit with the Big East for an unspecified amount, clearing the way for the conference power Mountaineers to join the Big 12 in July in time for the fall football season.
Athletic Director Oliver Luck said the terms of the deal were confidential and WVU wouldn't release details. But Luck said no state, taxpayer, tuition or other academic dollars will be used in the settlement.
A person familiar with the agreement said the settlement totaled $20 million but did not know how much money would come from the university and how much the Big 12 may contribute. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because financial terms were not being made in the announcement of the agreement.
The big news here, as far as Louisville is concerned, is that the Cardinals now have an open spot on their 2012 football schedule. U of L was scheduled to host West Virginia this season, which means if the Big East is able to add a member immediately (like, say, Boise State), then that member would be paying a visit to The Oven.
It appears as if the odds are against it right now, but a home schedule that included North Carolina, Kentucky, Cincinnati and Boise State would be quite attractive. U of L also has scheduled home games against South Florida and Missouri State, as well as non-conference away games against Southern Miss. and Florida International.