Hutchens explained that the parties identified an acceptable mediator and the process "sometimes takes several sessions."
On Wednesday, the Gazette confirmed WVU officials were willing to pay the Big East $11 million with additional money expected from the Big 12 Conference.
But one source said Wednesday that things were "still very fluid."
Some reports claimed that an obstacle was the Big East's desire for a team to replace WVU on next season's league football schedules. The school that kept surfacing in discussions on the issue was Boise State, which has a $5 million buyout in the Mountain West.
A Feb. 6 story in the Idaho Statesman, however, claimed Boise State president Bob Kustra wasn't keen on the possibility.
"It's too late," Kustra said. "I can't imagine how anyone can pull that off. We would never want to pull it off in a fashion that dealt shabbily with our existing partners in the Mountain West. I don't think that would ever work."
CBS Sports had reported WVU and the Big East were nearing a settled agreement "worth at least $20 million." That could be a number reached if each Big 12 school pitched in $1 million as a way to satisfy television contracts calling for 10 members.
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