JMU Match-Up Official

What was first reported by the Charleston Daily Mail became reality on Wednesday, as WVU announced a deal has been finalized to bring the Mountaineers to FedEx Field in Landover, Md., to play James Madison in 2012.

Perhaps responding to those who questioned the rationale for such a scheduling move, the second paragraph of the statement left little doubt about the chief motivating factor.

"The Mountaineers are guaranteed $2.3 million for the game, which would allow the department to net at least $500,000 more than a game at Milan Puskar Stadium," the release reads. "In addition, WVU could receive additional revenue in potential incentives based on game attendance."

Further, the statement adds West Virginia "will have no ticket purchase requirement for the neutral site contest, no game or stadium operations expenses and minimal travel cost."

Athletic director Oliver Luck said it is possible WVU may not be able to schedule seven home games every year, as was the stated goal of the Mountaineers' athletic department in recent years.

"This game gives us a chance to make significant revenue over and above a typical home game, while keeping expenses at a minimum," Luck said in the statement.

While some criticized Luck for seeing fit to schedule a game against an FCS opponent on a neutral site, the athletic director harkened back to the Royal Dukes' 2004 national championship in that division, calling JMU "a quality FCS opponent."

"JMU certainly has a following in the D.C. market, and we are not responsible for a guarantee to them, which makes this neutral site game even more attractive," Luck said.

The schools' only previous meeting in football came in 2004, when the Mountaineers prevailed 45-10 at Milan Puskar Stadium.

The announcement gives West Virginia a second scheduled game at FedEx Field, as it will face BYU at the home of the NFL's Washington Redskins in 2016.

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