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Report: FSU may sue West Virginia

Posted on: February 4, 2012 8:35 pm
Edited on: February 4, 2012 8:37 pm
 
Posted by Chip Patterson

West Virginia's decision to abruptly cancel their 2012 non-conference matchup with Florida State has left the Seminoles in a difficult position, and the Seminoles' administration may decide to take legal action against the school.

CBSSports.com's Brett McMurphy first reported the Mountaineers' cancelation of their Sept. 8 game at Florida State, leaving the Seminoles very little time to fill the spot before the release of the 2012 regular season schedule. Coley Harvey, of the Orlando Sentinel, reported on Saturday that the school may decide to proceed with litigation if the Seminoles are "unable to find a suitable replacement" for the Sept. 8 date.

During Saturday afternoon's FSU men's basketball game, [athletic director Randy] Spetman told the Orlando Sentinel that the FSU may be forced to sue West Virginia if it is unable to land an opponent that would fill FSU's financial needs.

"It's not good timing," Spetman said of West Virginia's decision to cancel.

Although the Mountaineers are contractually on the hook for $500,000, per the game's official contract that was drafted in 2005 and amended in 2009, there could be other damages that FSU would try to persue.

Spetman speculated that total liquated damages — lost ticket sales, potential travel costs for the new incoming opponent, possible changes in television money — could run in the millions.

"We have the buyout, there's that, and then there will be whatever liquidated damages," Spetman said. "If we aren't able to find another team, that's what we're going to have to look at.

"You're talking about a lot of money."

The game was the first of a two-year, home-and-home series between West Virginia and Florida State, with the second showdown to take place in Morgantown, W.Va. in 2013. In his report, Harvey points out that with the both teams expected to be preseason top-10 teams and the game might have been a strong candidate to host ESPN's "College Gameday." Brett McMurphy suggested that Florida State's best options to replace West Virginia lie in the Big East, where all seven remaining teams will need one more game on their 2012 schedule if the Mountaineers leave.

West Virginia's cancellation of the game is considered to be another sign that the Mountaineers plan on competing in the Big 12 in 2012, despite the ongoing legal battle to leave the Big East. For much more on Florida State's non-conference schedule for 2012, follow Seminole RapidReports.

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Since: Jan 22, 2012
Posted on: February 15, 2012 11:12 pm
 

Report: FSU may sue West Virginia

Maryland has no intention of keeping WVU on the schedule, once the ACC begins to play with 14 member schools. WVU may possibably pick up San Deigo St., ECU, Memphis, S. Miss, or maybe Boise St.
Source? To my knowledge WVU vs UMD is locked in until at least 2018.



Since: Jan 22, 2012
Posted on: February 15, 2012 11:10 pm
 

Report: FSU may sue West Virginia

A home game in Washington?  Hate to break it to you, but WV is a state of it's own, not part of VA.  It has been for 148 years.  Washington DC is certainly NOT a WVU home game.  And you call others ignorant...



Since: Mar 15, 2008
Posted on: February 6, 2012 4:23 pm
 

Report: FSU may sue West Virginia

They cancelled thsi game becasue it was the only away game in the non-conferecne schedule.  if they woudl have kept it, they would have only had five home games next year.



your jsut making stuff up. They have  Marshall and Maryland at home....and James Madison in a home game being played in Washington. That is 3 pretty crappy games there.

That is already 3 without any conference games being included.

So it is an outright lie (or ignorance) to claim they would only have 5 home games. 

The reason they cancelled the game is simple. They learned the lesson of Virginia Tech....schedule complete crap and get rewarded. They are playing the system like so many others



Since: Oct 28, 2010
Posted on: February 6, 2012 4:03 pm
 

Pulling plug on Florida State game might not cost

This writer should research before publishing.  WVU may not owe FSU a dime if they fill the spot with a BCS level team

http://www.wvgazette.com/Sports/WVU

/201202040026?page=2&build=cache



Since: Oct 28, 2010
Posted on: February 6, 2012 3:48 pm
 

Report: FSU may sue West Virginia

hooterville does not knwo squat.  They cancelled thsi game becasue it was the only away game in the non-conferecne schedule.  if they woudl have kept it, they would have only had five home games next year.



Since: Jul 9, 2010
Posted on: February 6, 2012 1:22 pm
 

Report: FSU may sue West Virginia

Maryland has no intention of keeping WVU on the schedule, once the ACC begins to play with 14 member schools. WVU may possibably pick up San Deigo St., ECU, Memphis, S. Miss, or maybe Boise St.



Since: Jan 22, 2012
Posted on: February 6, 2012 11:20 am
 

Report: FSU may sue West Virginia

WVU has a rivalry with Maryland, they're not cancelling that.  They are required by law to play Marshall.  So they can't cancel that.  It really leaves the list short...  Pretty much it was FSU or James Madison.



Since: Jan 22, 2012
Posted on: February 6, 2012 11:15 am
 

Report: FSU may sue West Virginia

Let me backpeddal a moment.  It would appear we have two different versions of "the truth".  WVU says the contract has a $350,000 escape clause and FSU says it's $500,000.  I also didn't realize that it was FSU threatening lawsuit.  So my apologies!



Since: Mar 15, 2008
Posted on: February 6, 2012 11:13 am
 

Report: FSU may sue West Virginia

i hope West Virginia is sued for this...i am so sick of all these BCS confernce teams filling up their schedules with patsies so they can qualify for some meaningless bowl game
 You do realize this has nothing to do with that right? They are getting ready to switch conferences ...and Florida St will be fine. You also realize every team in D1 football has patsies on their schedule right

I realize being from Alabama reading is probably a challenge for you....but, i believe I said that I am sick of ALL these teams packing their schedules with patsies just so they can get into a meaningless bowl game.


And you are 100% wrong on why WVA did this...It has little to do with switching conferences. They didnt cancel one of the patsies on their non conf schedule...they chose to cancel the legitimate game and keep the crap games. 



Since: Jan 22, 2012
Posted on: February 6, 2012 11:05 am
 

Report: FSU may sue West Virginia

Just curious how FSU will sue when the contract had a $350,000 buyout clause.  WVU will be paying FSU to get out of the game...  I really wish these "EXPERTS" would do 15 minutes of research before writing drivel.


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