Marshall wide receiver Shadeed Ahmed celebrates with fans after catching a touchdown pass during the first overtime against the Old Dominion Monarchs at Joan C. Edwards Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ben Queen-USA TODAY Sports
Marshall was granted a temporary restraining order against Conference USA on Thursday after the school filed a lawsuit Tuesday in an effort to expedite its exit from the league.
The restraining order issued by Cabell County Circuit Judge Christopher Chiles prohibits C-USA from proceeding with arbitration.
Chiles made to order is good for 10 days, but could be extended. He set the next hearing for March 16.
Marshall, Old Dominion and Southern Mississippi have made it known that they plan to leave Conference USA for the Sun Belt on June 30 of this year. However, C-USA recently released its soccer schedules for the 2022 season and included each of the three schools on the list.
Following the issuance of the restraining order, C-USA released a statement that said: “While Conference USA respects the court’s decision to temporarily grant Marshall University’s recent motion, the Conference USA Board of Directors stands firm in its belief that all Conference USA institutions, including Marshall, are expected to abide by with their contractual obligations and adhere to what was agreed. on statutes and agreements. Conference USA is fully prepared to move forward with the rest of the legal process.”
Chiles described the issuance of the temporary restraining order as “in the public interest.”
C-USA’s bylaws state that members must give the conference at least 14 months’ notice before leaving the league, though Marshall said in his lawsuit that he shouldn’t be bound by those bylaws since they weren’t in writing when Thundering Herd joined the league in October. 2003.