A collective weight has been lifted from West Virginia University’s and Mountaineer fan’s shoulders.
Mike Casazza of the Charleston Daily Mail reported on Thursday evening that West Virginia University and the Big East have reached a conditional settlement to let the Mountaineers join the Big 12 on June 1, 2012. The move will allow the 27-month waiting period set forth by the Big East.
Casazza reports that his source tells him WVU will be on the hook for $11 of the $20 million that the Big East requested the University pay. The settlement puts the pending cases between the two entities to rest. The source said that the Big 12 will pick up the rest of the tab.
Previous reports said that a move would be conditional upon the Mountaineers somehow getting one of the teams that will move to the Big East in 2013 to join a year early. Today’s report says WVU no longer needs to make that happen.
The Big 12 is expected to announce their conference schedule tomorrow. The conference released a schedule to the networks last week that reportedly already had the Mountaineers on it.
This post originally appeared on WVUPros.com