Boise State University has filed a lawsuit asking the court to declare that it does not owe a $5 million cancellation penalty related to its entry into the Big East Conference.
Boise State officials say they filed the lawsuit after they were informed by representatives of what will soon be the American Athletic Conference that the conference intended to sue the university.
Published reports indicate the Big East Conference will become the American Athletic Conference this summer, according to Boise State. Boise State officials say it is a different organization than the one Boise State agreed to join.
"In fact, the actual Big East will no longer sponsor college football," Boise State officials said.
Boise State signed a memorandum of understanding with the Big East Conference in December 2011.
Since then, Boise State says, the Big East lost more than 78 percent of its membership. The school also says the Big East failed to add football schools west of the Mississippi River and it lost its automatic qualifier status regarding BCS bowl games.
Boise State entered into that agreement in good faith and with a great degree of optimism, but the conference we agreed to join simply no longer exists, said Boise State President Bob Kustra.