WAC Sues Schools Over Defections
The Western Athletic Conference has reportedly filed a lawsuit against Fresno State University and the University of Nevada-Reno in the wake of their abrupt exit for the Mountain West Conference last month. The MWC is also named in the suit, which claims the two schools are bound to stay in the WAC until July 1, 2012 because they informed the WAC of their intentions after a July 1 deadline this year, according to the Reno Gazette-Journal. Both schools accepted invitations to join the Mountain West, starting with the 2011-2012 academic year, on August 18. According to the newspaper, documents indicated the lawsuit was filed in Jefferson County, Colorado, but the actual copy was not court-stamped. The suit also reportedly includes a stipulation that the MWC be prohibited from scheduling contests that interfere with games against remaining WAC members through 2011-12. The WAC already announced late last month that it was seeking $5 million each from Fresno State and Nevada, based on the grounds the schools had agreed to remain WAC members through June 30, 2016. Fresno State has been in the WAC since 1992 and Nevada since 2000. The WAC is already losing Boise State to the Mountain West starting next season.