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The Big East: Money talks

Money talks, whether it’s in reference to professional or college sports, money talks.

And the Big East took the money from West Virginia. The two entities were embroiled in a lawsuit over the Mountaineers wanting to leave the Big East for the Big 12 before the 27-month waiting period expired.

The Big East was intent on holding West Virginia, but finally relented after the school reportedly agreed to play a $20 million exit fee. Money talks.

Big East commissioner John Marinatto said recently to the AP that his league “might be open to a discussion” about letting Syracuse and Pittsburgh join the ACC in 2013. Neither school nor the ACC has pushed the matter publicly, but rest assured they would love to leave the conference well before the 27-month waiting period passes.

If the Big East does allow Syracuse and Pittsburgh to leave early, you better believe they will have to ante up at some point. Again, money talks.

Truth be told, the Big East is well within its rights to hold the schools. Both Syracuse and Pittsburgh were publicly disgusted by the way Miami and Boston College left for the ACC in 2004. Flash forward to 2012 and now the Orange and the Panthers are doing the same thing.

The way things have played out recently, the Big East may be in position to grant both schools their wish. Even without Pittsburgh, Syracuse and West Virginia, the Big East will have 11 teams in 2013.

Memphis, Central Florida, SMU and Houston will join the league in all sports in 2013. Boise State and San Diego State are set to join as football-only members in 2013. Navy is on board as a football-only member in 2015.

The question is will the Big East look to add a 12th team before 2015. If the Big East goes into 2013 with 11 members, teams will have to move quickly to schedule another non-conference game.

"There are challenges on the table right now," Marinatto told the AP. "We've considered all of that. We're looking at various scenarios in order to address that. We have plans in place to deal with each possibility."



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