The Washington State Supreme Courtroom issued a short lived keep of Tuesday’s preliminary injunction that was set to grant management of the Pac-12 board of administrators to Oregon State and Washington State on Monday.
The court docket’s ruling got here a day after the College of Washington, engaged on behalf of the ten colleges set to depart the Pac-12 on the finish of the educational yr, filed an emergency movement to remain Tuesday’s ruling and lengthen a short lived restraining order that had been in place since September. That TRO prevents any board motion with out unanimous consent of the 12 present members.
Thursday’s procedural ruling was not precisely what Washington requested, but it surely does have an identical impression within the brief time period as OSU and WSU won’t management the convention board starting Monday. As an alternative, each events have been requested to file briefs concerning Washington’s emergency keep request, with the court docket asking for these to be filed by Nov. 28 and a reply by Dec. 8.
It is doable that submitting schedule may very well be expedited.
This course of is impartial from the departing colleges’ intent to enchantment Tuesday’s ruling in state Supreme Courtroom and isn’t a sign of how the court docket might view the deserves of the case. It’s unclear when that enchantment might be filed or how shortly the court docket will rule on whether or not to take the case.
“The departing colleges are solely delaying the inevitable as a result of the superior court docket clearly obtained it proper: Below the bylaws, the Convention’s future have to be determined by the colleges that keep, not these which can be leaving,” OSU and WSU spokespersons Rob Odom and Phil Weiler mentioned in a joint assertion.
Dealing with uncertainty in regards to the future, OSU and WSU are engaged on plans to function the Pac-12 as a two-team convention for probably the following two seasons, protecting alive the potential for rebuilding the convention sooner or later.