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Pitt's Departure From Big East Could Be Tied To West Virginia

Will the Pittsburgh Panthers leave the Big East Conference and join the ACC for the 2012 season, a year earlier than their anticipated departure date of 2013? Paul Zeise of the Post-Gazette certainly thinks so, and believes the recent events surrounding West Virginia and the brass of the Big East will be the catalyst for Pittsburgh's move.

Zeise believes it is only a matter time before West Virginia formally announces that the school intends to leave the Big East to join the Big 12 for the 2012 season, and when they do, Pittsburgh should follow suit and put the conference it has long called home on notice. The Big East let TCU out of their deal with the conference, and with the possibility of West Virginia leaving, the Panthers are in serious danger of losing two games on their football schedule for the upcoming season. This another example of the Big East dropping the ball, according to Zeise, as instead of working things out with schools they had longstanding relationships with when they had the chance, they can now expect to receive lawsuits from the likes of Pittsburgh and Syracuse if they don't let them leave the conference a year early.

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