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Big East schools face difficult court battle

By Times Staff Writer
Published June 8, 2003

MIAMI - It will be difficult for five Big East schools to win a lawsuit filed Friday against Miami, Boston College and the Atlantic Coast Conference, sports attorney Rick Horrow said.

In the complaint Pittsburgh, West Virginia, Virginia Tech, Rutgers and Connecticut portray the ACC's expansion plans as a secret conspiracy that would ruin their programs. They are seeking financial damages and want an injunction to keep Miami and Boston College in the Big East.

Syracuse is part of the potential expansion but was not included in the lawsuit because the plaintiffs said they found no evidence the school made promises to stay in the Big East.

If one thing is indisputable, it's this: the schools who filed the lawsuit stand to collect millions less than the conference's football members pocket now.

The size of the losses would hinge on several factors, such as how big a loss the Big East takes in its next TV contract, how much attendance is affected by losing a top football draw such as Miami and how much sponsorship money would be lost playing in a conference considered second-rate.

"There are significant financial impacts," Virginia Tech athletic director Jim Weaver said. "When you're in a conference that has contracts for various sports, and when three-eighths of your football membership departs, there is going to be damage.

"The damages are unknown, but they could be very high once the toll is finally taken."

But Horrow said in a phone interview that he's not sure the Big East has the power to prevent Miami from leaving.

"The lawsuit strikes me as a claim that just says Miami and Boston College did not practice business fairly, which is not usually sustainable in court. If it were breach of contract, it would be a different kind of claim."

Miami athletic director Paul Dee said the school's plans haven't changed, despite the lawsuit.

"Derail's not the term; maybe tapping on the brakes," Dee said. "The train's not off the track but it's slowing down."

GEORGIA: Former running back and Heisman Trophy winner Herschel Walker is resigning from fundraising for the school in protest of school president Michael Adams' decision not to extend the contract of longtime athletic director Vince Dooley.

GOLF: Bradenton's Jeanne Cho, who played at Florida, beat Vanderbilt's Sara Jacobs 4 and 3 to win the Southern Amateur Championship in Fort Myers.

OLYMPICS: Doping agency faces cuts

The World Anti-Doping Agency will have to cut back on programs until it doubles the money it has collected. WADA so far has received $6.5-million - 30 percent of its budget - and the executive committee agreed that because of a current "budget crisis" it would make no further financial commitments until $7-million more had been received. Agency chief Dick Pound said it could mean cuts in drug-testing research and education programs and would make sending observers to the Pan American Games and the world championships in Paris difficult.

COURT RULING: Construction of a media village and a housing unit for security was stopped by Greece's highest administrative court, which found legislation used to zone the land was unconstitutional.

BOXING: Jones, Holyfield want bout

An injury to Kirk Johnson may give Lennox Lewis one big opponent and another big fight. Lewis said he may replace Johnson with 6-foot-7 Vitali Klitschko on June 21, then possibly fight Roy Jones Jr. late this year. Jones' promoter is trying to arrange a heavyweight title bout with Evander Holyfield for Nov. 1 in New York, but he hasn't ruled out a Lewis fight. Murad Muhammad said the Holyfield fight is the one Jones wants next, but promoter Don King has shown little interest. Muhammad said if King doesn't come to terms in the next 10 days, Jones probably would seek a fight with Lewis for the November date.

RUNNING: Greene's losses continue

Maurice Greene finished third in the 200 meters at the U.S. Open in Stanford, Calif. Greene, the three-time reigning world champion in the 100 and a former world champion in the 200, finished 0.17 seconds behind J.J. Johnson, who won in 20.26. Regina Jacobs, one of the world's top middle-distance runners, lost to Michelle Ballentine in the 800.

NEW YORK MINI 10K: Lornah Kiplagat easily won in a light rain, leading a Kenyan sweep of the top five places. Kiplagat, runner-up last year, was timed in 31 minutes, 13 seconds, the second-best time in the world this year.

PARIMUTUELS: Kris Kin wins in England

Kris Kin won the $2.4-million English Derby in Epsom, overtaking The Great Gatsby with a late surge. Kris Kin, a 6-1 shot, pulled in front in the final few yards in the 11/2-mile horse race.

GREYHOUNDS: Greymeadow Kennel won the Weaver Stakes at Derby Lane. Fuzzys FBI beat favorite Lonesome Cry in a personal-best 30.59.


CREW: Harvard completed its first undefeated season since 1980 by beating Yale. The Crimson finished the 4-mile course through a light rain on the Thames River in 18 minutes, 54.4 seconds. Yale was 49.8 seconds behind.

HOCKEY: Players may now compete for a country even if they previously represented another nation. The rule applies to the Olympics and International Ice Federation championships. A player can make such a move only once. The new rule will not apply to NHL players who become U.S. or Canadian citizens.

TENNIS: Greg Rusedski's latest comeback ended with a 7-6 (8-6), 7-6 (11-9) loss to Wesley Moodie in the quarterfinals of the Surbiton Trophy in England.

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