Boise files lawsuit to avoid Big East cancellation penalty
[dropcap]B[/dropcap]oise State has filed a lawsuit in hopes of avoiding the $5 million penalty it faces for not joining the Big East.
The school signed an agreement to join the Big East for football back in December 2011, and a year later, changed its mind and decided to remain in the Mountain West for all sports.
Now, BSU is asking the court to declare that it does not owe the penalty because it feels the conference it agreed to join is no more.
“Boise State entered into that agreement in good faith and with a great degree of optimism, but the conference we agreed to join simply no longer exists,” Boise State President Bob Kustra told the Idaho Statesman.
Boise says it filed its suit in anticipation of a lawsuit coming from the soon-to-be-renamed American Athletic Conference.
The suit states that the conference lost more than 78 percent of its membership, did not add any more football schools west of the Mississippi and lost its BCS “automatic qualifier” status.
“In fact, the actual Big East will no longer sponsor college football,” Boise State officials said.