Pitt files lawsuit against Big East

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PITTSBURGH (AP) -- The University of Pittsburgh is suing the Big East in hopes of moving its exit date from the conference up a year.

The school filed a complaint in the Court of Common Pleas of Allegheny County on Friday claiming the Big East has waived its right to enforce a 27-month withdrawal notice and the Panthers should be allowed move to the ACC without further penalty by the 2013-14 conference year.

Pitt and Syracuse announced last September they were jumping to the ACC. Pitt paid half of its $5 million exit fee at the time of the announcement and said it would remain in the conference until July 1, 2014.

The school argues since the Big East allowed West Virginia and TCU to leave the conference without the proper notice, it can't prevent Pitt from leaving after the 2012-13 conference year.