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Big East ‘Open’ To Talk Pitt, ‘Cuse Leaving Early

Big East commissioner John Marinatto (credit: Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

Big East commissioner John Marinatto (credit: Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

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Big East Commissioner John Marinatto says his league “might be open to a discussion” about allowing Syracuse and Pittsburgh to join the Atlantic Coast Conference for the 2013 football season.

The Big East reached a settlement with West Virginia on Monday that allows the school to become a member of the Big 12 in 2012.

The agreement upholds the Big East’s bylaws, which require a departing school to give 27 months’ notification before leaving. West Virginia challenged that in a lawsuit.

Syracuse, Pitt and the ACC have said they would not challenge the Big East’s rules, but would like the transition to happen as soon as possible.

Marinatto has previously said that the Big East intended to hold all three schools in the conference until 2014.

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