Big East Conference Drops Lawsuit Over Texas Christian

The Big East Conference ended its lawsuit accusing Texas Christian University of reneging on an agreement to join the college sports organization when it instead signed on with the Big 12.

The organization, whose 16 members include Rutgers University, Georgetown University and Villanova University, dismissed the case with prejudice, meaning it can’t bring a new lawsuit on the same subject, according to a filing yesterday in federal court in Washington.

Benjamin Block, Big East’s attorney, didn’t give a reason for the dismissal in the filing. He declined to comment in an e- mail.

“The university is pleased with the amicable resolution of this matter,” Lisa Albert, a spokeswoman for Texas Christian, said in an e-mail yesterday.

Big East said in a complaint filed in federal court in Washington in June that Texas Christian committed to pay $5 million if it failed to follow through with the membership agreement reached on Nov. 29, 2010. Texas Christian said at that time the lawsuit was premature and it hoped for an amicable resolution.

The school, based in Fort Worth, Texas, was slated to join the conference this July and compete in 20 sports starting with the 2012-2013 season. In October, Texas Christian announced that it had changed its mind about the Big East and was accepting an invitation from the Big 12 effective July 1.

The Big 12 includes the University of Texas, University of Oklahoma, Baylor University, Oklahoma State University and Texas Tech University.

The case is The Big East Conference v. Texas Christian University, 21-cv-00953, U.S. District Court, District of Columbia (Washington).

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