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‘Noles might get hosed again on 2013 schedule

Randy Spetman AP

In February of this year, West Virginia dropped a home-and-home series with Florida State scheduled for 2012 and 2013, in part because of the Mountaineers move to the Big 12 this year and that conference’s nine-game league slate.

FSU replaced WVU on this season’s schedule with a Div. 1-AA (FCS) opponent, and the 2013 hole has yet to be filled.  Unfortunately, the Seminoles may have another 2013 hole to fill courtesy of another Div. 1-A (FBS) program.

By way of the Tallahassee Democrat, FSU athletic director Randy Spetman (pictured) told a student affairs committee meeting Thursday that Nevada is considering cancelling its game with the ‘Noles scheduled for Sept. 21 of next year.  No reason was given for Nevada’s apparent lean toward nixing the one-off road game in Tallahassee.

Spetman told the assembled crowd that, on the one hand, Nevada would be forced to pay $600,000 to get out of the contract for that game.  On the other hand, it could cost $1 million — or more — for FSU to replace the Wolf Pack given the going rate for one-off games.

Nevada will officially move from the WAC to the Mountain West beginning this season; it’s unclear if, like WVU, the conference switch played any part in the Wolf Pack’s desire to consider ditching the FSU game.

Regardless of any of the reasons behind it, such a decision on Nevada’s part could again leave FSU in a scheduling bind, pending the official arrivals of Pittsburgh and Syracuse as members of the ACC.  If those two schools move from the Big East to the ACC in 2013 — they’re “contractually obligated” to stay in the former conference through the 2013-14 academic year — the ACC would move to a nine-game league schedule and leave the 14-member conference with just three non-conference football openings.

If Pittsburgh and Syracuse are unable to “court” their way to the ACC until 2014, FSU and the other 11 current ACC members would have four non-conference games to fill in 2013.  FSU has 1-AA Wofford scheduled that year, and had 1-A WVU and Nevada scheduled as well until events that have transpired or will transpire over the past few/future months.  How FSU would go about filling all of those ’13 holes — and if it would be forced to eat 1-AA cupcakes in back-to-back years — is unknown.

Then again, because the ‘Noles will be headed for the Big 12 sooner rather than later, this’ll all be a moot point at some point this month, right?

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16 Responses to “‘Noles might get hosed again on 2013 schedule”
  1. phillyb6 says: Jun 8, 2012 9:03 AM

    Well written.

  2. timh1955 says: Jun 8, 2012 9:23 AM

    The MWC is becoming a conference of high school teams. Nevada is lucky to even play a team like FSU and if they drop out of playing them I hope all of the ACC remebers it for a long time and doesn’t even consider putting them (Nevada) for any future games for a LONG LONG time.

  3. jimbo75025 says: Jun 8, 2012 9:27 AM

    As someone who used to live in Reno, this is interesting.

    I remember the talk then (and this was nearly ten years ago) that UNV Reno was ready for big time college football. If they are truly ready then they need to step up their competition level at least a bit-much like Boise has tried to schedule at least one “big boy” every year like Oregon or UGA. Scheduling games with big time programs and then backing out does not earn a lot of respect especially when at least getting some exposure in recruit-fertile Florida would have more than made up for the beating they most likely would have gotten.

  4. southernpatriots says: Jun 8, 2012 9:33 AM

    It is all in flux. JT: Your final statement encapsultes it all. Such is the case with so many changes amongst conference affiliations and conference expansions. Many traditional rivalries are ending (at least temporarily).

    phillyb6: agreed!

    timh1955: Well said. I hope they do have a long memory!

  5. timh1955 says: Jun 8, 2012 9:39 AM

    Good comment and I agree with everything you said.

  6. burntorangehorn says: Jun 8, 2012 11:55 AM

    It’d be a bit ironic if FSU were to end up playing WVU in 2013 after all, wouldn’t it?

    “Hey WVU: you can run, but you can’t hide. Drop a game with us? We’ll hunt you down in your new conference.”

  7. txstatebobcats1868 says: Jun 8, 2012 12:06 PM

    burntorangehorn says:
    Jun 8, 2012 11:55 AM
    It’d be a bit ironic if FSU were to end up playing WVU in 2013 after all, wouldn’t it?

    “Hey WVU: you can run, but you can’t hide. Drop a game with us? We’ll hunt you down in your new conference.”

    Haha that would be awesome.
    Texas State plays in Tallahassee in 2015 maybe they could move that game up or even bless us with a home and away series and give us a whooping in our home stadium as well. Not likely but would be nice to get a big name team like that in our new stadium in our early FBS career

  8. canetic says: Jun 8, 2012 1:59 PM

    I’m sure FSU will be more than happy to schedule a couple of patsies in their place. And then lose to them.

  9. timh1955 says: Jun 8, 2012 2:52 PM

    Maybe they can schedule the high school you go to?

  10. stairwayto7 says: Jun 8, 2012 3:14 PM

    Like they do not play cupcakes 3 times a year!

  11. thefiesty1 says: Jun 8, 2012 6:05 PM

    FSU to the Big 12 only if DeLoss Dodds kicks the bucket.

  12. mrlaloosh says: Jun 8, 2012 6:16 PM


  13. orthomarine says: Jun 8, 2012 8:22 PM

    Play USF again

  14. rjbecket says: Jun 9, 2012 6:03 PM

    Hey FSU do you rember when you first joined the ACC We as in wvu had a two game series set up FSU droped both games leaving WVU to scramble to fill those at the last second. OR HAVE YOU FORGOTTEN

  15. rjbecket says: Jun 9, 2012 6:11 PM

    WVU destroyed your conference champs I don’t think they ran from FSU

  16. mtheparrothead says: Jun 10, 2012 9:07 AM

    Wait. I thought Florida teams only played out of conference div 2 teams residing in the state of Florida? No fau or Jacksonville u this year?

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