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Washington adds SDSU to, moves LSU up on ’12 slate

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With the 2011 season coming up quickly on the horizon, Washington has made a couple of tweaks to its schedule for the following season.

In a release issued on their official website, UW announced that they have added San Diego State to their 2012 slate and that the game will serve as both the regular season and home opener on Sept. 1. As a result of that addition, the game against Portland State, which had originally been scheduled to be the opener, has been moved to Sept. 15.

Perhaps more importantly, or intriguing depending on your point of view, the Huskies also announced their Sept. 29 game against LSU in Baton Rouge that same year has been moved to Sept. 8. No official reason — or unofficial, for that matter — was given for the date change, although “television considerations” would appear to be a safe bet at this point in time.

In order to accommodate LSU moving up on the schedule to what was previously an open date for the SEC school, UW’s game against Nevada originally scheduled for the second weekend of the ’12 season has been moved to the same date — in 2018.

On the San Diego State side of the ledger, the game against Washington will replace one originally scheduled against Cincinnati. The Aztecs agreed to the one-and-done road game against the Huskies because of, well, television considerations. Oh, and a guaranteed $850,000 payday.

“We reached out to ESPN a few months ago about trying to schedule a national-caliber game that would likely be on national television and we were able to accomplish that with this game,” SDSU athletic director Jim Sterk said. “Coach [Rocky] Long was open to the idea of playing a game like this and it fits with our overall scheduling philosophy.”

The game against the Bearcats, incidentally, has been moved to Sept. 24, 2016.

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6 Responses to “Washington adds SDSU to, moves LSU up on ’12 slate”
  1. southernpatriots says: Jul 11, 2011 11:07 PM

    If the guys at tv motivated a change of dates, then they likely also brought about a change from a night game at Deaf(th) Valley to an afternoon game. These same baffoons don’t care about the mystique and history of night games in Baton Rouge. As long as the schools and conferences keep giving the networks the final decision on these matters it will continue to rob generations of fans a great experience.

  2. patbocam says: Jul 12, 2011 12:15 AM

    Nobody cares about Lsu’s night games in drunken valley, err I mean death valley. Play some day home games & quit your bitchin patriot. The sec signed an unreal tv deal with espn & CBS and because of it 11 of 12 games of every sec team will be televised in all the sec states and over half the games are nationally televised. I’m sorry you can’t stand on the levee all day drinkin natty light and kissin your cousin waitin on your beloved night game.

  3. patbocam says: Jul 12, 2011 12:23 AM

    Nobody cares about Lsu’s night games in drunken valley, err I mean death valley. Play some day home games & quit your complaining patriot. The sec signed an unreal tv deal with espn & CBS and because of it 11 of 12 games of every sec team will be televised in all the sec states and over half the games are nationally televised. I’m sorry you can’t stand on the levee all day drinkin natty light and kissin your cousin waitin on your beloved night game.

  4. southernpatriots says: Jul 12, 2011 7:23 AM

    pat: You resort to bigotry and lies to establish your prejudice for all to see. At any game at college level there are college students and fans who get drunk and make a nuisance of themselves. We have seen this at Texas, Oklahoma, tOSU, Michigan, and throughout the SEC and South for many decades.

    However, no one we know, no one who belongs to the alumni association, no one who is a booster is described by your pitiful biotry, whether at LSU or any other university. When you grow up and gain maturity and the ability to make your point without such diatribes, come back.

    Most fans are not into the money paid by CBS or ESPN but would rather preserve the traditions and ambiance of Saturday night games. A poll was taken a few years ago and over 90 percent of the fans opted for Saturday night games, to to reject the money, if it came to that. Your ignorance speaks for itself.

    Networks could accommodate Saturday night games as they do sometimes now and did oftentimes a few years ago, but they want the local stations to pay them for their Saturday evening programming drivel and not pre-empt it.

  5. burntorangehorn says: Jul 12, 2011 7:49 AM

    I personally prefer day games, especially when I’m watching on TV, but I do know about LSU’s night game tradition. I think it’s fine to break with tradition from time to time, though, and I don’t think it’s a big deal in this case.

  6. southernpatriots says: Jul 12, 2011 8:05 AM

    burntorangehorn: You are probably correct in that it not a big deal in this case. However, the tv nets pull this stunt when any team comes into Deaf Valley which they want as an afternoon game. So every time Alabama comes to call, Florida, Auburn, South Carolina, or God forbid some inter-conference rivalry, it will all be changed from a night game to an afternoon game to accommodate tv.

    All the folks we know in Ann Arbor love night games at The Big House. Alabama fans love night games at their stadium, so do the Longhorns, and every fan we know, who attends games. Viewing them on tv may well be better for afternoon games, but as far as attendance and participation–its night games hands down.

    Every university fan we know that goes to the games regularly loves the night games at their team’s stadium. Tailgating is better. There is a greater time of camaraderie in the afternoon before the game. You can feel the excitement and fan participation is greatly increased (it registers on a Richter scale sometimes!). For an LSU fan there is nothing quite to compare as being in the stands for an LSU Saturday night game at Deaf Valley. The same is very likely true for all other college football fans for their respective teams.

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