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Pittsburgh files suit against Big East, caps off horrible week for conference

Mar 7, 2012; New York, NY, USA; Pittsburgh Panthers mascot performs during the second half of the second round against the Georgetown Hoyas at the Big East Tournament held at Madison Square Garden.  Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-US PRESSWIRE
Mar 7, 2012; New York, NY, USA; Pittsburgh Panthers mascot performs during the second half of the second round against the Georgetown Hoyas at the Big East Tournament held at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-US PRESSWIRE

John Marinatto stepped down as conference commissioner.

The ACC signed a shiny new TV and new media rights deal with the Worldwide Leader.

Pittsburgh is suing the conference as a means to get out of dodge a year early.

Oh, and Boise State isn't 100 percent committed to joining the conference as a football school next year.

That all happened this week in the world of the Big East. Nothing but bad news.

The Panthers athletics department has filed a suit against the conference claiming that the Big East has waived its right to a 27-month withdrawal notice, and that the school has done everything its needed, such as paying the first half of the exit fee, to ensure a drama-less exit from the league.

Despite the self proclaimed diligence on Pittsburgh's part, the school claims that the Big East is not responding to calls and emails from to move the process along, leading the school to believe that the conference is not interested in quickly finalizing this transition.

Pittsburgh is looking to join the ACC in all sports for the 2013-2014 school year.

Basically, it's like trying to break up with your significant other, but the person getting dumped can't face the music and won't give you the chance to break the news that it's officially over.

Yesterday CBSSports.com's Brett McMurphy confirmed that multiple sources are confident that both Pittsburgh and Syracuse will indeed join the ACC in 2013, but apparently school administrators aren't as bullish on that occurring without taking swift legal action.

It's difficult to see Pittsburgh sticking around in a league they don't want to be a part of any longer than they have to be. It would be a toxic and awkward situation for everyone involved.

The Big East just needs to sever ties with these schools and focus on staying afloat as a major, BCS Conference with schools that value their affiliation.

Yes, there's been little good news to report out of Providence lately, but you're just taking on more water by opening yourself up to a lawsuit from a disgruntled former member.