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Ruling: Big East amended its rules improperly

Updated: August 19, 2004, 4:38 PM ET
Associated Press

BOSTON -- The Big East can't impose a $5 million fine on Boston College for defecting to the Atlantic Coast Conference, and it can't force BC to remain in the conference for an extra 15 months, a Superior Court judge has ruled.

The decision passed down Wednesday keeps Boston College on track to join the ACC next July and pay simply a $1 million withdrawal fee to the Big East.

After Miami and Virginia Tech left the Big East for the ACC in June 2003, the presidents of the remaining ...

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