The top law enforcement officer in Ohio believes Ohio State has grounds to sue the Big Ten over its vote to postpone the football season.
“I think we have a cause of action,” Dave Yost, the Ohio attorney general (not the Texas Tech offensive coordinator) told The Columbus Dispatch. “If these negotiations (over playing football) fall apart, we will be recommending legal action to our client, Ohio State University.”
Ohio State was one of three schools to vote against postponing the season, joined by Iowa and Nebraska.
Ohio State projects a revenue loss of up to $130 million because of the misplaced season.
Even if Ohio State were to agree with Yost's claim that the school had cause for legal action, the entire notion seems to miss the forest for the trees.
The Big Ten has traditionally been the most collegial of the conferences. This is a conference that, until Urban Meyer arrived, had a gentleman's agreement not to recruit each other's verbal commitments. This is a conference that has long believed Ohio State and Purdue should take equal cuts of revenue, because it takes all 10 (err, 14) schools to make the Big Ten.
So even if Yost recommends pursuing a case, it would be a shock among all shocks if Ohio State actually took the Big Ten to court.