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Report: WVU trying to cut Florida State game

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The primary story of West Virginia’s 70-33 spanking of ACC champ Clemson in the Orange Bowl the other night, besides all the broken records, was the momentum the Mountaineers would ride into the Big 12 conference provided everything worked out from a legal standpoint with the Big East.

Well, that’s an ongoing dilemma, and as much as WVU would love to have you believe the school will be in their new conference starting July 1, the truth is that negotiations between the two sides haven’t commenced yet as far as we know — WVU president Jim Clements wouldn’t comment on such talks earlier this week —  and we’re getting to a point where what happens in the 2012 season is going to have to be decided upon.

But if WVU does make it to the Big 12, their non-conference schedule is going to have to be reduced by one game to fit the new conference slate (WVU was anticipating the arrival of TCU before the Horned Frogs went to the Big 12, so Big East football teams had four non-con games scheduled). According to the  Tallahassee Democrat, WVU is trying to get out of its away game with Florida State ($) in anticipation of its own move to the Big 12. The Mountaineers would keep their non-con games against Marshall, Maryland and James Madison. 

The buyout of cancelling that game has been rumored to be anywhere between $350,000 and $500,000.

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11 Responses to “Report: WVU trying to cut Florida State game”
  1. thegamecocker says: Jan 6, 2012 4:17 PM

    West Va needs to improve the perception of its academic standing. That is why neither the ACC nor the SEC wanted them. They are excellent at sports but they need to improve academically. The people are very friendly; the women are beautiful, honestly I’ve seen some of the undergrads and they are great kids who are good students. They love to PARTY HARDY! It’s a fun place to go to school but they need to talk about what they are noted for academically.

  2. thegamecocker says: Jan 6, 2012 4:17 PM

    One last thing: Loved they kicked Clemson’s sorry ass!

  3. mhalt99 says: Jan 6, 2012 4:48 PM

    I love when the SEC & ACC TRY to pull the academic card. WVU is pretty bad….but come on…Vandy & Duke are good but they are Stanford & Northwestern safety schools. Not even bringing Cal or UMich into the equation so come on already. College degrees are pretty much ubiquitous these days and without the Wall Street jobs it doesn’t really even make sense to go to any ivy or even out of state to pay 45k a year to go anyway.

  4. fitz66 says: Jan 6, 2012 4:48 PM

    Gamecocker – If only they could get up to the premiere academic standards that Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Tennessee, or Auburn have set for the SEC – they would’ve made it in.

    C’mon.

    Expansion had nothing to do with academics and everything to do with TV sets.

  5. thegamecocker says: Jan 6, 2012 4:58 PM

    fitz66: that is not what Commissioner Mike Slive of the SEC said on Paul Finebaum yesterday. Both Texas A&M and Missouri are affiliated with the prestigious AAU. West Va is not. It isn’t solely about viewership because the SEC wants to raise its academic perception as well. The Moutaineers are worthy opponents and you’re not going to find a better basketball coach than Bob Huggins. I wish he would be the HC at South Carolina! Anyway, good luck in the Big 12. I am happy you landed there as that is a fine conference. Now I must worry about what happens to my second favorite school which has a great academic perception: Rutgers’ University.

  6. jmb795 says: Jan 6, 2012 5:57 PM

    FSU might have dodged a bullet. They ought to take the cash, whimper all the way to the bank, put the cash toward the indoor practice facility and give the Mountaineers a big round of applause at the grand opening of the facility.

  7. fitz66 says: Jan 6, 2012 6:18 PM

    Sorry gamecocker, I’m just not buying that these guys favor academics over money. Of course he mentioned aTm and Mizzou’s academics, what else is he going to say? “Hey, these guys are going to bring in a ton of money?”

    We’ll have to agree to disagree there.

  8. grudenthediva says: Jan 6, 2012 8:48 PM

    “FSU might have dodged a bullet. They ought to take the cash, whimper all the way to the bank”

    I know reading comprehension isn’t a big deal up in Morgantown, but..

    FSU WANTS to play the game.

    WVU is trying to buy their way out.

    So what’s this “whimper” bullcrap??

  9. gamecock4life says: Jan 6, 2012 11:35 PM

    It’s always about Money, but with that said FSU, if they can stay healthy has a chance to win the ACC! Not saying that winning the ACC, counts for a heck of a lot, but FSU could be pretty decent next year, and a real contender out of that conference. If you cut Maryland, Marshall, or JMU; along with a Big 12 schedule if you’re able to play there next year you might have a shot of having the honor of playing an SEC team for all the marbles in The BCS National Championship game! If you can go undefeated, and not have a let down loss at the hands of a team like Syracuse! I say keep FSU, and drop Maryland or JMU! It can only help your SOS.

  10. thegamecocker says: Jan 7, 2012 10:32 AM

    Fitz66: I respect your POV and it is fine to “Agree to disagree”…I take that position with my Wife all the time…I just never tell her that. I just say “you’re so right dear…how foolish of me”.

  11. feeltheawesome says: Jan 7, 2012 11:55 AM

    FSU is the only game WVU can cut. Marshall is a political nightmare forced upon us, can’t drop it. Maryland is a traditional foe we can’t drop any more than FSU would rather play us than Miami for a simple home and home. James Madison, believe it or not, is a huge money maker being played at the Redskins’ stadium since we have a big D.C. alumni base. WVU is getting a 7 figure payday. politically, traditionally and economically FSU is the only choice. 99% of WVU fans would rather play FSU than Marshall or JMU, maybe even MD, but it’s not doable.

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