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WSU, OSU agree to mediation with outbound Pac-12 schools; UW moves to get case dismissed

WSU, OSU agree to mediation with outbound Pac-12 schools; UW moves to get case dismissed

The Pac-12’s two remaining schools and the 10 departing universities have agreed to mediation in an attempt to settle their dispute over governance of the conference, according to court filings obtained by the Hotline on Monday.

“The talks have been productive,” a source said. “Everybody wants them to succeed. It just has to be on fair terms to everybody.”

“Them,” of course, is Washington State and Oregon State — the schools left behind in the realignment game that decimated the conference in early August. One month later, the Beavers and Cougars took commissioner George Kliavkoff and the 10 outbound schools to court in Whitman County (Washington) to gain clarity on the makeup of the governing board, which controls the conference’s assets.

The mediation began Oct. 2 and is scheduled through October. The mediator is former U.S. District Judge Layn R. Phillips, according to a court declaration by Daniel B. Levin, an attorney for UW.

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