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Big East countersues W.Va.

The Big East filed a breach-of-contract lawsuit against West Virginia on Friday, four days after the university sued the league in a bid to make a quick exit for the Big 12.

The conference said the lawsuit was filed in Rhode Island Superior Court seeking unspecified damages along with an order requiring West Virginia to stay put for 27 months in compliance with Big East bylaws.

The latest lawsuit underscores the Big East's position "that it will vigorously pursue the enforcement of its rights and West Virginia University's obligations," Big East commissioner John Marinatto said in a statement. He noted West Virginia helped construct the bylaws and agreed to them.

West Virginia spokesman John Bolt said the university is aware of the lawsuit but had not received a copy and would not comment.

West Virginia accepted an invitation from the Big 12 last week and wants to join for the 2012 season. The university filed a lawsuit Monday seeking to declare the Big East bylaws invalid, claiming the conference breached its fiduciary duty by failing to maintain a balance between football-playing and non-football members. The Big East wants to push WVU's exit back to July 1, 2014.

West Virginia has sent half of the required $5 million exit fee to the Big East. The university alleged that by accepting that payment, the Big East agreed to West Virginia's immediate withdrawal.

NCAA releases Newton documents

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Auburn kept quarterback Cam Newton eligible last season by successfully arguing to the NCAA that a former Mississippi State player did not act as an agent during his recruitment by that school.

Auburn released documents related to the investigation into recruiting allegations surrounding the Heisman Trophy winner and No. 1 NFL draft pick on Friday in response to an open records request.

The documents indicate Newton's father, Cecil, and former Mississippi State player Kenny Rogers sought from $120,000 to $180,000 for the quarterback to sign with the Bulldogs out of junior college but didn't ask any other school for money.

The NCAA informed Auburn in October that it found no major violations in Newton's recruitment or other unrelated pay-for-play allegations.

Auburn successfully argued that Newton never had a verbal or written agreement with Rogers or Cecil Newton to act as his agent, wasn't aware of the pay-for-play scheme and received no benefit from Rogers.

Record hunt: Case Keenum of undefeated Houston will take aim at another NCAA passing record tonight against UAB, one of the most porous defenses in the nation. He needs 267 yards to become college's most prolific passer, surpassing the career yardage mark of 17,072 held by Hawaii's Timmy Chang.

WOMEN'S SOCCER: Visiting Tampa defeated top seed Saint Leo 3-1 to advance to the Sunshine State Conference tournament final. The Lions (15-2-1), ranked No. 6 in the Division II coaches poll, took a 1-0 lead on Pia Soesemann's goal, but UT (12-5-2) tied it on Brittan Spence's goal. Megan Lawrence's goal gave UT a 2-1 halftime lead. Amber Pennybaker added the final goal. The fourth-seeded Spartans play at 1 p.m. Sunday in Saint Leo against No. 11 Rollins. … Florida State beat Virginia 2-1 to advance to the ACC final in Cary, N.C. It was the Seminoles' first win in 21 meetings against the Cavaliers. FSU (14-6) plays defending champ Wake Forest at 1 p.m. Sunday. … Florida defeated Alabama 2-1 in Orange Beach to advance to the SEC final. The Gators (16-6), who have won the past five conference titles, face Auburn at 3:30 Sunday.

Big East countersues W.Va. 11/04/11 [Last modified: Saturday, November 5, 2011 1:32am]
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