The Tallahassee Democrat in Florida is reporting that the West Virginia-Florida State matchup scheduled for 2012 may not happen as a result of West Virginia’s move to the Big 12. According to the report, Florida State athletic director Randy Spetman has been in contact with WVU officials who have discussed the possibility of cancelling the game — the buyout would reportedly be $350,000 and possibly more due to liquidated damages.
With West Virginia’s move to the Big 12, the Mountaineers have one extra non-conference game scheduled for the upcoming year. As of now, WVU has home matchups set against Marshall and Maryland, along with a neutral site game against James Madison at FedEx Field and a road contest at FSU. WVU was originally only anticipating an eight game Big East schedule with the then-expected addition of TCU into the league. However, with both TCU and WVU now headed for the Big 12, West Virginia’s new conference slate will be nine games.
West Virginia, meanwhile, is currently suing the Big East to get out of a 27-month exit notification clause to officially begin play in the Big 12 by 2012 — however the Big East doesn’t appear to be backing down on trying to keep West Virginia in the league through 2014.