The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

College Sports

February 26, 2012

Is Florida State going to sue WVU?

MORGANTOWN — It appears that Florida State University is laying the groundwork for a lawsuit against West Virginia University.

It would involve the Feb. 3 cancellation by WVU of the football game between the two  institutions on the 2012 schedule in Tallahassee, Fla.

While the contract reportedly calls for a $500,000 penalty for such an action, the Seminoles are claiming that actual damages are considerably more and possibly in excess of $2 million.

Because notice was given so late, or less than one year, FSU could not find a comparable replacement. And that would  result in loss of far greater revenue.

In a news release last Wednesday, Florida State emphasized that all the blame belonged to WVU. FSU couldn’t find a BCS school with an open date.

So it scheduled Savannah State as a replacement for West Virginia. “Don’t blame us,” the release reads. “This is West Virginia’s fault.”

In case you don’t know, Savannah  State is a member of the Mid-Eastern Atlantic Conference and went 1-10 last season.

So FSU will be opening its season in home games against Murray State and Savannah State. Obviously, those two can’t be very attractive to ticket-buyers.

WVU officials made the decision to drop Florida State instead of another non-conference opponent in bolting the Big East for a berth in the Big 12 effective July 1.

In so doing, they apparently have given up a scheduled return game with FSU in Morgantown as part of the canceled contract.

As a side note, the cancellation deprives head coach Jimbo Fischer, a Clarksburg native, of showing off his Seminoles in his native state.

College football is big, big, big business these days. So pretty much anything goes.

And debts, plus interest on borrowed millions, keep mounting.


West Virginia basketball coach Bob Huggins had a ready reply Friday night when asked why his team can’t protect leads.

“Tonight it’s real easy to tell,” he said. “(Marquette coach Buzz Williams) didn’t play three of his starters in the first half, but they played all of the second half.

“When they run the ball, you’ve got to get back (on defense) real fast and we couldn’t. If you don’t, you’re not going to win.

“We got a big rebound with a chance to win. But we’re not very consistent.”

Actually, the Mountaineers have lacked positive consistency all season. That’s the biggest reason they have blown double-digit leads in other losing efforts this year.

Too, they haven’t made key shots in crucial situations. “We’re not consistent with our efforts,” Huggins said. “We’re not consistent in the approach we’re supposed to have.”

Text Only
College Sports
  • Miners stop Lorain County 5-1

    The West Virginia Miners received a strong outing from starting pitcher Patrick LaGanke, and scored one run in each of the final five innings to defeat the Lorain County Ironmen 5-1 Thursday.

    July 25, 2014

  • Some topics of interest to area fans

    Tom Hart, a widely known retired Morgantown High School administrator and coach, continues to excel as one of the nation’s top bowlers

    July 25, 2014

  • 072514 WVU Replacing Sims a challenge for WVU

    Every year, almost every college football preview publication available lists one key statistic that most use to evaluate the prospects for any given football team — returning starters.

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • WVU’s Worley clear starter at cornerback

    There were few bright spots in West Virginia University’s 4-8 football campaign last year, and even fewer on the defensive side of the football, where the Mountaineers gave up more than 455 yards and 33 points per game.

    July 24, 2014

  • Holgorsen to appear on ESPN special

    West Virginia University football coach Dana Holgorsen will appear Wednesday on ESPN’s annual mid-summer college football coaches’ “car wash” — in which guests appear across multiple programs and platforms over one day.

    July 23, 2014

  • Holgorsen: WVU getting comfortable in new league

    Dana Holgorsen remembers the glory days of West Virginia University football — the ones that included conference championships and BCS bowl wins. In fact, he was part of one of those, leading the Mountaineers to a Big East championship and an Orange Bowl victory in his first season as head coach in 2011.

    July 23, 2014

  • 072314 miners Miners take series with Paints

    The way the West Virginia Miners see it, they don’t have the luxury of planning for tomorrow.

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • WVU's Fleming signs with Yankees

    Second baseman Billy Fleming of the West Virginia University baseball team has signed a professional contract with the New York Yankees, foregoing his upcoming senior season.

    July 22, 2014

  • WVU to kickoff 2018 season against Tennessee in Charlotte

    The Charlotte Sports Foundation (CSF) announced Tuesday morning that it has secured a regular season college football game for the city of Charlotte pitting the University of Tennessee against West Virginia University.

    July 22, 2014

  • Can summit of bigwigs really solve college athletics issues?

    I see where the Big 12 Conference is going to host in New York City what will be titled “A State of College Athletics Forum.”

    July 22, 2014

Saints Training Camp