Rutgers gives the Big East more time to respond to lawsuit

By Matt Sugam

The same day Rutgers bolted for the Big Ten, the school filed a lawsuit against the Big East to get out of the $10 million buyout and 27-month waiting period the Big East mandates for leaving the conference so they can join the Big Ten by 2014.

The Big East will be given until the end of this month to respond to the lawsuit before it moves to federal court according to The Star-Ledger.

Big East attorney Russell Hewitt filed court papers to notify the judge that both sides have agreed to extend the deadline for the Big East until January 31.

Rutgers’ case against the Big East is based on the fact that they were not paid millions of dollars owed to them from the Big East.

Per the lawsuit, Rutgers was never given the $39 million dollars in exit fees from the other schools that left the conference. Rutgers also claims they were never given the $1.3 million dollars lost when Texas Christian rescinded its commitment to join the conference and Rutgers lost a home conference game.

Last month, the Big East filed a request to have the case moved from the Superior Court in New Brunswick to federal court in Newark. Their reasoning is that the case involved millions of dollars and crosses state lines.

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