Still, that fee and that issue are both smaller than what the Mountaineers are involved in with the Big East. There are millions and millions and millions of dollars included in the outcome and WVU is going to have to pay. How much and to who are the things lawyers on each side are settling.
There are various components involved, but it seems the most important are how much WVU owes for its exit, how much the Big East will financially miss WVU between its exit date and the end of the 27-month period and how much WVU owes for damaging the Big East.
They can have their mediation. I've had meditation on a bunch of planes and in a bunch of hotel rooms. I see $22.5 million.
The Mountaineers still owe half of their $2.5 million exit fee. The other two variables are trickier to determine and we can only guess.
The Big East can argue that WVU has been very good for business and that the conference, by the bylaws, should be privy to income all the way through the 27 months. By leaving early, the Mountaineers are keeping money from the conference.
The most the Big East has made off of WVU was $7.9 million in 2009-10. For the Big East's trouble, let's say $15 million for the two years it will be without WVU.
The damages are much harder to determine because you need to put a dollar sign on how much WVU hurts or sullies the Big East.
This is an obtuse comparison, but when John Beilein argued $1 million off his buyout in 2007, his lawyer stated WVU wasn't really damaged that much, and therefore didn't need the full $2.5 million in liquidated damages, because it quickly hired a really good coach as Beilein's replacement.
Basically, Bob Huggins gave WVU valuable publicity and spiked ticket sales and generally helped the Mountaineers come out of the thing looking good. The Big East might have a Bob Huggins out there, and this is where I make things interesting.
If WVU leaves, there are seven Big East schools left damaged because they each need a game for, say, $1 million apiece. Suppose, though, that WVU helped Boise State out of the Mountain West.
The Broncos are coming anyway (for 2013-14), so why not agree to have WVU speed up things? Let the Mountaineers pay the Broncos' $5 million exit fee to the Mountain West and have Boise State fill WVU's spot in the Big East.
Now those seven teams have an opponent and the Big East has its Bob Huggins, a very good program that has for the past several years been similar, equal to or better than the WVU program the Big East is about to lose.
And that's that, a clean, fair conclusion that's good for everyone, especially because it's over.
Contact sportswriter Mike Casazza at mi...@dailymail.com or 304-319-1142. His blog is at blogs.dailymail.com/wvu.