By Chadd Cripe
© 2013 Idaho Statesman
Here is a copy of Boise State’s lawsuit against the Big East. I was unable to get it Monday. The membership agreement to join the Big East is on the end of the file.
Here is the story I wrote for today’s paper.
A few highlights from the lawsuit:
— “Boise State’s interest in and intent to join the conference was premised upon the conference remaining substantially the same entity as it was at the time the (memorandum of understanding) was signed. Indeed, that the conference would maintain its status and nature was an implied term and obligation of the MOU. However … the conference no longer maintained the status or nature which it had at the time the MOU was executed.”
— Boise State gave the Big East notice that it was not joining the conference in part because the league lost its automatic-qualifier status with the BCS. The school had 60 days after the loss of such status to use that reason to reduce its buyout to $1 million. The BCS announced its new format in November; Boise State withdrew from its Big East agreement on Dec. 31.
— Boise State alleges that the Big East never amended its bylaws to “fairly and equitably account for football-only members,” never considered “in good faith” adding other football schools west of the Mississippi River, never created divisions and failed to grant Boise State the same terms as other institutions, which were conditions of Boise State joining the league. However, the league did create divisions.
— Boise State asks the court to find the Big East in breach of the MOU, declare any penalty void and rescind the agreement. It also asked to be reimbursed for its legal costs.