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Big East Files Lawsuit Against TCU

The Big East conference is suing TCU for $5 million dollars, alleging that TCU "materially breached" its payment obligation.

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In late 2010, Texas Christian University accepted an offer from the Big East to join the conference, effective July 2012. Unfortunately for the Big East, in 2011, TCU decided to spurn the Big East in favor of the Big 12.

Don't think that the Big East has forgotten. They haven't, and Monday, the Big East conference filed a lawsuit against TCU, suing the latest Big 12 member for $5 million dollars.

The Big East Conference, whose 16 members include Georgetown University, Villanova University and the University of Notre Dame, said in a complaint filed in federal court in Washington today that Texas Christian committed to paying $5 million if it failed to follow through with the membership agreement reached on Nov. 29, 2010.

TCU, per the filing, has "refused to make that payment or acknowledge its obligation to do so."

The Big East is rightfully bitter after TCU opted to join the Big 12, and if an agreement was made in the contract as the Big East claims, it seems that TCU will have to send a chunk of change to the Big East.

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