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Report: FSU to lose $2.5M from WVU cancellation

Posted on: February 20, 2012 12:12 pm
Edited on: February 20, 2012 12:18 pm
Posted by Chip Patterson

In a move directly tied to West Virginia's arrival in the Big 12, the Mountaineers were forced to back out of a scheduled Sept. 8 contest with Florida State. The school paid Florida State a $500,000 cancellation fee but the total loss could end up being much more expensive, according to one school official.

"We'll probably lose $2.5 million in ticket sales," assistant athletic director Elliot Finebloom told The school has been scrambling to replace West Virginia on the home schedule, a task that could end up costing Florida State an additional $1 million. Finebloom also explained the economic importance of keeping that date a home game on the schedule.

“Seven home games is something every business in town counts on, from hotels to restaurants,” Finebloom said. “People think it’s about the athletic department wanting to make more money, but we have a responsibility to area businesses who count on seven home games.”

The ACC regular season schedule had been released at this point in 2011, but Florida State's efforts to replace West Virginia are one of the "unusual circumstances" pushing back the release of the 2012 schedule.

The ACC issued a release late last week to explain the delay:

"As has been documented, there are a number of unusual circumstances beyond the control of the ACC and its member schools that have directly impacted a number of our school's nonconference schedules, which in turn effects the development and completion of the overall schedule."

According to Coley Harvey, of the Orlando Sentinel, the Seminoles have reached out to more than 50 schools to try and fill the date. As many as 31 of those have been FBS programs, reportedly including Boise State, Texas A&M, Syracuse, Rutgers, Wyoming, Arkansas, and Pittsburgh.

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Since: Aug 13, 2011
Posted on: February 21, 2012 10:00 am

Report: FSU to lose $2.5M from WVU cancellation


apparently, vwu believes that they are somehow smarter than Nebraska. Colorado, Missouri, and Texas A&M who couldn't get out of the Texas leaguer quick enough and other old Big 8 teams that would like to do the same if they could,
You're assumption that West Virginia feels that they are "smarter" than the universities that left the conferences and that those rremaining from the old Big 8 will leave as well if we could is simply a false premise. It is true that I come from a university that attempted to bolt and join the PAC, but only when it appeared painfully obvious to all concerned that the Big 12 was actually going to die and leave us without a conference. When that didn't happened, we rededicated ourselves to maintain the conference for at least six more years.

Since the defections that did occur, the conference has restructured itself to include a greater degree of revenue sharing (the details of which I have not followed), which was one of the purposes of the original defections, other aspects of the objectional Texas TV contract have been dropped, and the entire landscape is different. During the next six years there is little doubt that in this fan's opinion the conference will be back to 12 teams with the careful addition of two more quality football programs. I believe that West Virginia is as good as any of the defectors (recently) with the exception of Nebraska. And the conference has six years to find two more such programs. After that I see no reason why the members of the conference will want to bolt a solid, successful, profitable, formidable program that the Big 12 is and will continue to be.


Since: Jan 22, 2012
Posted on: February 21, 2012 10:00 am

Report: FSU to lose $2.5M from WVU cancellation

Buford is still mad his team lost to Michigan.  Or maybe he's still steamed over losing to a 1-AA (FCS) team.  Or maybe it's the 0-3 record vs top 25 teams from last year.  Tell me Buffy, are you guys even scheduling a top 25 team this year?

Since: Jul 9, 2010
Posted on: February 21, 2012 9:33 am

Report: FSU to lose $2.5M from WVU cancellation

It's amazing how all of these WVU prognosticators have all the answers to every question concerning who is at fault when it comes to the history of BCS Conference re-alignment over the years and the happenings in the BIG EAST.  If a team(s) wishes to change conferences, they have the right to move to another football conference under exit rules and obligations they agreed to with their former suitor.  PITT and SYRACUSE have done it the right way in announcing they would be leaving for the ACC by 2014.  Some of WVU's diehard fans resort to blaming everyone else for these two fine universities leaving the BIG EAST's and why WVU was not invited to the either the ACC, SEC or B1G.  Why wasn't WVU working hard early last year in trying to exit the BIG EAST themselves, than say now that everyone else is wrong, and they are right ? When PITT and 'CUSE were working to get invitations to move to the ACC; they were not going to notify WVU or any other BIG EAST school that " we are working to leave the BIG EAST"!  These two schools played with a poker face until they received and accepted an invite from the ACC; because they do have that right to move. When this announcement was made by the ACC it was a surprise to virtually the entire country.  There was already movement in the PAC10 to 12 schools, and the BIGXII was on the verge of falling apart with Colorado and Neb. leaving.  Then the BIGXII was again falling apart with the possibility of TEXAS, TT, OK, & OK ST. going to the PAC12 to make a 16 team league. Finally, the BIGXII became stable with 10 members and they fired their Commissioner Beebe. Next, the BIGXII lost TEXAS A&M and MISSOURI to the SEC.  So yeah, it wasn't any surprise to see the ACC expand to 14 teams with the addition of PITT and 'CUSE.  Both the ACC and SEC then expanded to 14 teams; they sure don't owe WVU any apology that they were not invited to their respective party. 

One can argue any way they wish about this issue, we do live in a free country.  WVU diehards can call everyone else who disagrees with them imbeciles, ignorants, idiots, low IQ's etc. but the real test is looking at yourself in a mirror and asking what was WVU doing to get out of the BIG EAST twelve months before PITT & "CUSE decided to accept the invitation to the ACC. Yes, you beat the ACC Champ by 37 points at a neutral sight in Jan. and you have 3 BCS wins as you say, so nice job WVU and congratulations, and be thankful, but that doesn't really mean a whole lot in this age of multimedia.  To say that you made your current move to the BIGXII with grace, and not put some of your former PEERS in a scheduling bind would be wrong.  There is a right way to divorce your partner, with some dignity and humility, and follow the rules WVU school officials voted to uphold as a member of the BIG EAST Conference, like all the other departing universities have done in the past. 

Since: Dec 8, 2006
Posted on: February 21, 2012 6:00 am

Report: FSU to lose $2.5M from WVU cancellation

FSU never thanked us Mountaineers for laying down in the 2nd half of the Gator Bowl so Bobby Bowden could end his coaching career with a victory. 

Since: Nov 3, 2010
Posted on: February 21, 2012 5:58 am

Report: FSU to lose $2.5M from WVU cancellation

This is an opportunity for an up-and-comer to make a name for themselves the way FSU did in the early 80's.  @Nebraska, @Ohio State, @Notre Dame, @Pittsburgh, @LSU.  Bobby B took on anyone at their house.  "You want it, dadgum, we'll come and get it".  Any of the above mentioned schools who want to jump start or reinvent their program, now is as good as it gets.  Memo to the AD's: it's also an opportunity for you to put your name on the college football landscape.  Show some stones and throw Randy Spetman a vine.  I'm pretty sure he can find room at the Comfort Inn for you. 

Since: Feb 11, 2009
Posted on: February 21, 2012 5:08 am

Report: FSU to lose $2.5M from WVU cancellation

Well, this seems fair givn rhe kind of contortions that FSU is going to have to go through to make up for this game.  Does no one really want to travel to FSU that bad.  Come on media-favorite Boise Stte.  What have you got to lose.  And look what you would gain.

Since: Jan 17, 2008
Posted on: February 21, 2012 1:49 am

Report: FSU to lose $2.5M from WVU cancellation

Come on Boise. I have a lot of respect for your program and want you to be the next FSU to make a 14 year run. Anywhere anytime. Love to see it. Will travel for that one. Great upcoming program Vs. one getting back to real time. Lets go.

Since: Sep 2, 2011
Posted on: February 21, 2012 1:27 am

Report: FSU to lose $2.5M from WVU cancellation

Boise State. That would be on national TV and everyone gets to see if Boise can win away from home on a big time opponent's turf, not a neutral site.

And like someone else pointed out there are 7 Big East schools who have holes to be filled with the departure of West Virginia but the question is would they get a return game. Pitt and Syracuse would seem to be logical choices since both will be in the ACC as early as the 2013 season. Louisville or Cincinnati would be good because they are the likely front runners. Rutgers? They just added Arkansas. UConn? Meh.

Since: Jan 17, 2008
Posted on: February 20, 2012 10:03 pm

Report: FSU to lose $2.5M from WVU cancellation

Good God, Teres!  I thought your idiocy was confined to trolling on OSU threads.  I stand corrected.  I also see you have added mindless stereotypes to your hyperbolic bag of tricks. 

WVU has met the obligations of the contract, which calls for WVU to pay $500K for cancelleing within a year of the game.  On the other hand, Rich-Rod did break his contract.  So where is this hypocrisy you speak of?

Note to FSU:  There ought to be several Big East teams with an open date to fill.  Maybe you can hook up with one of them.  Too bad it won't quite be the marquee game you were banking on, but those are the breaks.  BTW, no matter who fills the open date on your schedule, there is no reason quality fans like yours should not provide you with a sell-out crowd.  This $2.5 mil in lost ticket sales is BS, and can only be realized if you fail to fill the open date.

Since: Oct 23, 2011
Posted on: February 20, 2012 10:00 pm

Report: FSU to lose $2.5M from WVU cancellation

Well it’s time for the Porsche {WVU} to fire up and head west in a trail of dust and leave this slow sinking Carport {Big East}. Sorry Pinto {Pitt} & Volkswagen {Syracuse} you will have to wait till next year to chug along down south to the All Cupcake Conference. As you travel south don't forget to stop in and say hi to your long lost friend Chevy Vega {Virginia Tech} and pass around a cold quart of Pennzoil. Don't drink all of your Pennzoil you will need some for the trip. When you finally make it to North Carolina you can help you new found friend 1968 Datsun {Duke} do a complete overhaul. Oh by the way next time you see the Orange Dodge Dart {Clemson} tell them to come on back and see us some time. We promise not to put 70 on them the next game, probably more like 80. And would one of you please go on down south and schedule that rusted old Ford Fairlane {Florida St}. And be sure to take plenty of water and antifreeze, it has been crying so much of late that it has been leaking all the water and antifreeze from the radiator. But be a pal and lose to the Ford Fairlane so that they may end up 7-5 and get a invite to the Independence Bowl. 

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