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More evidence WVU to Big 12? WVU cancels FSU game

Posted on: February 4, 2012 11:28 am
Edited on: February 4, 2012 11:59 am
If you're looking for more evidence West Virginia is likely headed to the Big 12 this fall, the Mountaineers canceled their Sept. 8 game at Florida State, sources told

West Virginia originally had its 2012 schedule formatted for eight conference games as a Big East member - that's before TCU's decision to join the Big 12. But if the Mountaineers join the Big 12 this fall, they will have nine conference games and had to drop one contest.

Florida State released a statement Saturday morning confirming West Virginia's decision.

"We were informed in writing late Friday afternoon of West Virginia University’s intention to cancel its 2012 football game with Florida State University scheduled for Sept. 8 in Tallahassee," Florida State AD Randy Spetman said. "We are disappointed for our coaches, players and fans that this game will not take place as originally scheduled.

"We now face the challenge of completing our 2012 schedule just seven months before the start of the season. We will work quickly and diligently to fill the hole on our schedule and will communicate with our season ticket holders and fans as the process moves forward."

The Mountaineers must pay Florida State at least $500,000 because they cancelled the game less than 12 months before kickoff, The Orlando Sentinel reported.

Florida State's best option to replace West Virginia is one of the remaining seven Big East teams, all of which will need at least one game if WVU leaves for the Big 12. The most likely candidates to replace WVU on Florida State's schedule would be future ACC members Pitt or Syracuse.

Since: Jan 4, 2011
Posted on: February 4, 2012 5:58 pm

More evidence WVU to Big 12? WVU cancels FSU game

Teres and Horns already said everything that needs said.  Nice posts folks.

Since: Jun 5, 2011
Posted on: February 4, 2012 5:50 pm

More evidence of WVU hypocrisy

When Rich Rod left WVU, they called him a "quitter."  They hounded him mercilessly.  They made disparging comments about him in the press daily, then weekly, for over a year.  They reneged on their verbal agreement and demanded a full buyout payment from Rich Rod.  They claimed moral high ground, and were so bad, they were called "psycho-ex" by many in the media.
Now, they are doing the same thing to the Big East that Rich Rod did to them, and they are backing out of their commitment to play FSU, and suddenly there is nothing wrong?  Where is the outrage at their own behavior?  

This is really one of the funniest stories I have ever seen.  I just wonder why the media aren't calling BS on them.  WVU wants to be right on both sides of the same argument, depending on when it benefits them.  They are truly a joke of a program, and they will become a tomato can in the Big 12.

Since: Oct 23, 2011
Posted on: February 4, 2012 5:33 pm

More evidence WVU to Big 12? WVU cancels FSU game

WVU will be in the Big12 for the 2012 season. They will play 9 in conference games. That only leaves 3 OOC games to play. No school can play more than 12 regular season game unless they play Hawaii.
WVU next years OOC games are Marshall & Maryland at home. They play James Madison at Fed Ex Field. And FSU was a away game.
Instate political pressure will not allow WVU to drop the Marshall game. The payout to cancel for the JM game is huge. 1 Million. The Maryland series is for 6 years and a rival series that WVU wants to kept. No way are they going to drop Maryland. So the FSU game has to go. It has nothing to do with any team being scared to play the other, it is just business. Also even if they drop either one of the other games the dates don't match the date of the FSU game. And i don't think FSU would try to rework their dates in the schedule.

My thought on this game is that as a Big East member WVU needed a strong OOC game like FSU. But now that they are in the Big 12, this game benefits FSU and the ACC more than it benefits WVU. And why should WVU be concern about helping out FSU or the ACC.

Since: Aug 17, 2011
Posted on: February 4, 2012 4:57 pm

More evidence WVU to Big 12? WVU cancels FSU game

Doesn't Arkansas have an open date due to Texas A&M moving into the SEC, making them an in conference opponent and not a non conf. FSU vs SEC West contender would be awesome.

Since: Dec 18, 2010
Posted on: February 4, 2012 4:36 pm

More evidence WVU to Big 12? WVU cancels FSU game


I like your thinking of BYU vs FSU.  However,there is the logistical issue of where they would play the game.  They already exhanged a home and home in 2009/2010.  I doubt FSU would be willing to travel to Provo for a game that was originally supposed to be at home.  If this would occur, BYU would either have to play at FSU or possibly in Jacksonville. 

BTW, BYU will probably go 10-2 with that current schedule.  The only games they might lose are to Notre Dame and Georgia Tech. 

Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: February 4, 2012 4:34 pm

More evidence WVU to Big 12? WVU cancels FSU game

You are correct about the 150k. Probably just call it even in the long run

Since: Feb 4, 2012
Posted on: February 4, 2012 4:26 pm
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Since: Aug 20, 2007
Posted on: February 4, 2012 4:04 pm

More evidence WVU to Big 12? WVU cancels FSU game

HornsStampede - I fail to see anything in your reasoning to explain why WVU should be allowed to break their legal contract with the Big East. The Big XII's problems are their own - if they planned poorly, why should the Big East pay for their mistakes? What it comes down to is that both WVU and the Big 12 both knew about the 27 month exit period, and they decided to ignore it, figuring it shouldn't apply, despite all of the legal contracts that WVU agreed to when they joined the Big East. If WVU does not arrange a buyout, which will be extremely expensive, and tries to play a Big 12 schedule, I can almost guarantee an injunction forcing them to play their assigned Big East schedule - because to not do so would hurt the conference that they have legal obligations to. Any other reasoning on the parts of WVU and the Big 12 is fantasy - they agreed to the terms, and now they can live up to them,like everyone else gets to do in life.

Since: May 14, 2008
Posted on: February 4, 2012 3:35 pm

More evidence WVU to Big 12? WVU cancels FSU game

WOW.  College football teams love non conference cupcakes.  WVU cancels a very interesting matchup at Florida State, therefore canceling the return trip of FSU to Morgantown.  To keep three non conference powers for 2012 like James Madison, Marshall and Maryland!!  Too bad, WVU vs FSU would have been interesting!

Since: Oct 23, 2006
Posted on: February 4, 2012 3:20 pm

More evidence WVU to Big 12? WVU cancels FSU game

That's still no excuse for WV mad dash to the big12 leaving everyone else to fix their schedules at the last minute. Remember WV had no problems forcing Cuse and Pitt to stay for 27 months before they got their big12 invite. They are a bunch of hypocrites
YES, there is a reason.  The existence of the Big 12 depends upon it.

The Big 12 loses its multi-billion dollar television contract if it falls below 10 teams.  That would likely implode the Big 12.
The Big 12 is a strong league, but that rather "fine print" clause in the TV contract would cripple the league.

It is a silly little clause in the TV contract, but it becomes very powerful if WVU does not join.

There is no way teams in the Big 12 play a season without TV money.
Texas & Oklahoma would head west.  Everyone else would scatter.
WVU needs to join in 2012 simply to prevent a complete chaotic collapse of the whole thing.

WVU needs to join in 2012 or there is no league to join in 2013.  That is plenty excuse to rush.

That is why the Big 12 is paying the exit fees instead of WVU by themselves.
The ACC was not going to collapse.   Pitt and Syracuse can wait it out knowing the ACC will still be there in 2014.

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