NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) Rutgers University is suing the Big East Conference, trying to avoid paying an exit fee.
Rutgers is trying to avoid a $10 million hit for leaving en route to the Big Ten. Big East bylaws state a school must give 27 months' notice and pay a $10 million withdrawal fee.
The lawsuit, filed in Middlesex County Superior Court on Wednesday, says the Big East selectively enforced the rules. Rutgers claims some schools did and some did not have to give notice or pay the fee on their way out of the embattled conference. The Big East allowed Syracuse, Pittsburgh, West Virginia and TCU to leave the league before the 27-month period had run its course.
The conference voted to increase its exit fee from $5 million to $10 million last month. Rutgers did not vote on the motion but voiced opposition.
Rutgers has also asked the Big East for the $1.3 million it said it lost when a football game was canceled due to TCU's withdrawal. The Horned Frogs were headed to the Big East but skipped out and landed in the Big 12 before ever playing a game. West Virginia also joined the Big 12, while Pitt and Syracuse will become members of the ACC next season.
Rutgers is coming off a 9-3 season in which it went 5-2 in the Big East. The Scarlet Knights lost to Louisville, 20-17, last Thursday in a game that decided the conference's BCS bid.
Rutgers will play Virginia Tech (6-6) on Dec. 28 in the Russell Athletic Bowl in Orlando, Fla.
With Wrestlemania 36 underway this weekend, Maryland football coach Mike Locksley sat down on Instagram Live with former Terps defensive lineman and current WWE superstar Mojo Rawley to talk about his new career path.
Rawley's real name is Dean Muhtadi, and he played for the Terps in for two years as a Division III transfer. He finished third on team in sacks that season and despite going undrafted in 2009, found his way to an NFL camp with the Packers.
Muhtadi spent 2009 with Green Bay and 2010 with the Cardinals before suffering an injury that landed him on injured reserve. It was then where Muhtadi found a new career path thanks to two of his best friends.
"Dan Gronkowski and Chris Gronkowski played with me at Maryland, two of my closest friends," Rawley said on "Late Night With Locks". "Their dad was one of our coach's roommates in the WWE, so it seemed like a natural fit. We were watching together, and I kinda made a comment like, 'this would be awesome if I could be one of [the wrestlers]. Mr. Gronk made the call and the rest was history."
Rawley has been a WWE superstar and currently stands as Rob Gronkowski's hype man. The former Patriots tight end is WWE's most recent signee and is Wrestlemania 36's host.
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