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Virginia dumps 2013 Penn State game for one with Oregon

Mike London AP

Less than eight months before the 2013 season kicks off, Penn State has officially found itself with a hole in its schedule — for now.

In a release, Virginia confirmed that it has scheduled a home-and-home series with Oregon.  The first game will be played Sept. 7, 2013, in Charlottesville, with the Cavaliers traveling to Eugene in 2016.  The date for the latter game has yet to be set.

The Cavaliers had been scheduled to play the Nittany Lions the third weekend of the 2013 season.  PSU athletic director Tom Joyner said in a statement that the UVa. “notified Penn State that it would not be playing the Sept. 14, 2013 game scheduled for Beaver Stadium in order to play a home game on that date.”

Joyner’s UVa. counterpart, Jon Oliver, said that conversations with UO officials had initially centered on a 2017 game in Europe.  Those talks evolved into an agreement on the home-and-home series that was announced this afternoon.

“As the conversation progressed, it became clear we might have an opportunity to initiate a series in 2013 starting in Charlottesville,” Oliver’s statement read. “We saw that as a great opportunity for our program and our fans.

“The chance to add Oregon presents us with the unique opportunity to have eight home games in a single season. Kicking off the season against BYU on Aug. 31 and playing Oregon on Sept. 7 will be a challenge, but one that Coach London has been on board with since the very beginning. I am hopeful that our fans will embrace this schedule and create a home field advantage to help make our team successful.”

Both Penn State and Virginia stated that they are working on rescheduling the canceled 2013 game for some point in the future.

“It’s our desire to reschedule the game at Penn State in the future and we’re hopeful we can come to an agreement as to when that will happen soon,” Oliver said.

As for a short-notice replacement on Penn State’s schedule, Joyner said in his statement that “[w]e have begun discussions to find an opponent for the Sept. 14 date and expect to make that announcement very soon.”

The Orlando Sentinel reported late last week that PSU and UCF have reached an agreement on a two-game series beginning in 2013, with the Knights replacing the Cavaliers on the Nittany Lions’ slate.

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14 Responses to “Virginia dumps 2013 Penn State game for one with Oregon”
  1. cvilleirish says: Jan 28, 2013 7:08 PM

    So, I am a little confused. Who dropped who from their 2013 schedule? Last week, it was announced that Penn State dumped UVa for UCF. Now, it is UVa that dumped Penn State for Oregon? Well, no matter who dumped whom, this looks like more of an upgrade to UVa’s schedule than Penn State’s.

  2. mountaineer50415 says: Jan 28, 2013 7:10 PM

    You say it is on the 7th and also on the 14th. Which is it?

  3. ironman721 says: Jan 28, 2013 7:38 PM

    State of Pennsylvania legal team just got another bullet to fire at the NCAA in court.

  4. ironman721 says: Jan 28, 2013 7:42 PM

    Pennsylvania governor just sued University of Virginia.

  5. psufan220 says: Jan 28, 2013 8:33 PM

    I hope Oregon dumps a 100 on them and PSU sues for breach of contract

  6. psufan220 says: Jan 28, 2013 8:34 PM

    Sounds kind of like Alabama, “we don’t want to play you when we stink, so let’s reschedule for when we are better”

  7. buccobrigade says: Jan 28, 2013 11:45 PM

    Wow, they want to play Oregon? They’ll be lucky to keep them under 50.

  8. allidoiswin55 says: Jan 29, 2013 5:00 AM

    Not a fan of any of the 3 teams mentioned here.

    But if any person really believes that UV is scared of PSU whom remind you has all sorts of issues with lost recruits and coaching scandal but somehow wants to play a top 3 team in the nation? You are smoking something being from WA its legal but I want what you got homie!

    That’s the dumbest argument imaginable! Oregon if not a loss to a top 5 team in OT would have played and faired far better in the national championship with Alabama not saying they would win.

    Wheww good thing we’re avoiding those lions for a weaker duck. Lol seriously get a grip on reality! You in the crack?

  9. latrobe21 says: Jan 29, 2013 8:52 AM

    @ JT:

    It’s Dave Joyner, not Tom. But thanks for helping all us disgruntled PSU alums. The less respect Joyner receives, the more he’ll understand we want him GONE along with the BOTs.

  10. psunick says: Jan 29, 2013 12:28 PM

    Too bad they scheduled UCF. They maybe could’ve scheduled a December game in Hawaii as their quasi-Bowl.

  11. beavertonsteve says: Jan 29, 2013 6:59 PM

    Too bad they scheduled UCF. They maybe could’ve scheduled a December game in Hawaii as their quasi-Bowl.


    They still can even with the UCF game. All they have to do is get Hawaii to sign off on it.

  12. xxakshunxx says: Jan 29, 2013 7:18 PM

    College football: we don’t need playoffs and just play whoever you feel like during the regular season

  13. dmcgrann says: Jan 29, 2013 8:32 PM

    Looking at the schedule, despite having eight home games, it wouldn’t surprise me if UVa goes 2-10 or even 1-11 next season. Probably not likely, but every team they play is capable of pulling off a win from time to time when they’re not expected to, and, for UVa to get bowl-eligible, they’re going to have to do the same, but on a regular basis, not just “time to time”.

    I feel sorry for Mike London, who’s a first-class guy. He’s not a quitter, though.

  14. onceuponatimeinsports says: Jan 29, 2013 8:40 PM

    If there’s a hole at Penn St, you can bet there’s an ex-coach to fill it….

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