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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: Sep 10, 2006
Posted on: February 20, 2012 8:44 pm

Report: FSU to lose $2.5M from WVU cancellation

Sorry ACC.  You raided the Big East twice, now you are complaining about what WVU had to do to survive?  Give me a break. 
Enjoy Pitt and Cuse.  They will help you stay mediocre.

WVU vs. ACC Champ 70-33

WVU 3-0 in BCS bowls
 ACC 2-13 in BCS bowl


Since: Oct 9, 2009
Posted on: February 20, 2012 7:56 pm

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,  I hope you enjoy being allowed to play in Texas' sandbox while they get the bulk of the benefits and you get........get to look back and see what a mistake you made

Since: Jan 30, 2010
Posted on: February 20, 2012 7:37 pm

Report: FSU to lose $2.5M from WVU cancellation

Careful, Mountaineer fans. With the move to the Big 12, this story might be the last time you guys are even heard from in a football discussion. You won't have us to beat up on every year now. :)

Since: Jun 5, 2011
Posted on: February 20, 2012 7:34 pm

They should sue WVU

WVU is no stranger to suing those who don't execute contracts.  Let's see how they are on the other side of the fence.  WVU is now the poster child for hypocrisy in sports.  I guess they really didn't lose much, though.  They used to be the poster child for couch burning, chewing tobacco, and toothless fans, so they might actually be upgrading their image by being seen as quitters and hypocrites.  
The bottom line: WVU wants no part of FSU.  They are looking at a 7-5 or 6-6 record becuase of their move to the Big 12 this year.  A guaranteed loss to FSU could make them ineligible for a bowl game.   They were smart to chicken out of their game in Tallahassee.  But they should be held liable for monetary damages, too.  

Let the courts decide. 

Since: Dec 19, 2011
Posted on: February 20, 2012 7:14 pm
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Since: Aug 30, 2009
Posted on: February 20, 2012 7:09 pm

Report: FSU to lose $2.5M from WVU cancellation

Yes, we're TERRIFIED of playing an ACC team, especially after what Clemson did to us in the Orange Bowl.  We will never schedule a home and home with any of your members again.  FSU was the cheapest to drop as in we are going to make a hell of a lot more money playing Maryland, Marshall and JMU versus FSU.  FSU wouldn't switch order of home and home (do you think all of our games next year should be away, is that what VT does?) and FSU is planning on dropping the '13 game out of fear of losing to WVU in Morgantown (that's the word around BCS schools) so that's what WVU did, do you take the time to research topics?

WVU has scheduled home and homes with BCS teams like Auburn and LSU and is joining a much tougher football conference than both the ACC and BE, so yes, WVU is afraid of playing BCS teams.  You nailed it Buford.  You is smart.  You is kind.  You is important.

......but, while we're here and talking about perception, let's talk about your team, Buford, the Hokies - the word around America, Canada and even Europe is VT is a joke of a team that is always ranked too high and just can't beat a decent non-acc team.  So Buford, talk when VT beats a team of importance, until then.......ssshhhhhh.

Since: Jul 9, 2010
Posted on: February 20, 2012 6:53 pm

Report: FSU to lose $2.5M from WVU cancellation friend you need to be concerned about your IQ of 21, and concern yourself with facts.  The word around the BCS schools, is WVU opted to cancel it's game with FSU in fear of a loss this year before beginning BIGXII conference play.  That's the perception that's out there now with the mounties, and you know that perception is always thought of as reality.

Since: Aug 30, 2009
Posted on: February 20, 2012 4:52 pm

Report: FSU to lose $2.5M from WVU cancellation

Some of you need to inform yourselves on topics you wish you comment on before making looking like total idiots.


WVU sued RR - NOT to FORCE him to stay at WVU, but to get the buyout money owed to them.  RR and UM folded right before the UM officials were set to give depositions and RR has been paying the money owed to WVU over the past few years.


WVU sued the BE because they blow as a conference and have inept leadership that allowed multiple raids.  The BE didn't follow the bylaws in which THEY helped write.  The BE hasn't paid WVU (and other schools) the money due to them from the Final Four and bowl game appearances.  The BE officials and presidents of other universities were set to give depositions and the BE caved.  The final pricetag, minus what is owed to WVU, will be far less than $20 mil.


If FSU tries to recoup the money, they will have a hard time explaining to the court how it was ok for them to ditch WVU at the last minute in 93/94 due to new conference issues but WVU can't do that for the EXACT same reason.  Please, FSU officals, explain to all of us why you won't add Pitt or Cuse as our replacement, saying they aren't equal to WVU, a team YOU turned down to join the ACC, instead inviting Pitt and are basically saying you added 2 wastes to your conference and FSU can't be bothered to play them.  Swofford and the ACC look like complete morons. 

WVU 3-0 in BCS bowls
ACC 2-13 in BCS bowl

Since: Feb 20, 2012
Posted on: February 20, 2012 4:46 pm

Report: FSU to lose $2.5M from WVU cancellation

Missouri has open dates on October 20 and November 17. They might be interested in a two year home and home contract since they lost Big 12 rival Kansas.

Since: Aug 30, 2009
Posted on: February 20, 2012 4:39 pm

Report: FSU to lose $2.5M from WVU cancellation

This story is epic.  I love it.  FSU cancels on WVU in 93/94 because FSU was moving to a new conference and had to make schedule adjustments........and WVU lost money.  WVU is moving to a new conference and has to make schedule adjustments and FSU is crying like a baby......WVU followed the contract to a T and will be paying what is owed to FSU.  FSU is just pissed that WVU beat them to the punch.  FSU will cancel the FSU/WVU game in '13 to make room for their new conference mates, Pitt and Cuse.....which brings me to the next point......over 50 schools have open dates the weekend WVU/FSU were set to play, yet none are more worthy than WVU?  Are you serious?  The ACC didn't want WVU in its conference, instead choosing football powerhouses Pitt and Cuse......who both have open dates that weekend, but FSU doesn't consider their new mates as suitable replacements for WVU.  You just can't make this stuff up.  It's priceless.  FSU, will you win at least your division and get a whiff of the ACC championship BEFORE acting like a primadonna?  Thanks.

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