That West Virginia chose the Florida State game to cancel is not surprising. The Mountaineers also have non-conference games with Marshall, James Madison and Maryland next season, but Marshall is a home game that will bring in more than $1 million, James Madison is a special event game in Washington with a reported $1 million buyout, and canceling Maryland would jeopardize a series that still has at least five years remaining.
From a competitive aspect, it was also logical to cancel Florida State, given that WVU's 2012 schedule will also include the likes of regular or recent Top 25 opponents Texas, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Kansas State, TCU and Baylor, among others.
Despite the two ongoing lawsuits with the Big East over a 27-month waiting period to leave the conference, WVU officials have steadfastly insisted that the Mountaineers would play in the Big 12 beginning this fall. Luck and school president James Clements have assured the Big 12 that the move will be made.
Canceling the Florida State game in 2012 does not necessarily mean the 2013 game will be called off, although that too seems likely. Florida State seems unlikely to play that game without a return visit. The buyout for the 2013 game would be $300,000. That was also the original buyout for the 2012 game, but it increased to $500,000 because the cancellation was made within a year of the game.
The 2013 game, though, could be called off by mutual agreement. If Pitt and Syracuse make the jump to the ACC in 2013, Florida State might need to free up a spot on its schedule if the ACC goes to a nine-game schedule.
The irony of canceling the game because of a change in conference affiliation by WVU is that the series between West Virginia and the Seminoles was brought about as reparations by the ACC to the Big East following the raid that took Virginia Tech, Miami and Boston College from the Big East. The ACC, as part of a court settlement over that matter, agreed to schedule home-and-home games between its schools and Big East schools. West Virginia drew Florida State.
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