"We were informed in writing late Friday afternoon of West Virginia University's intention to cancel its 2012 football game with Florida State University scheduled for September 8 in Tallahassee," Florida State University Athletics Director Randy Spetmen said. "We are disappointed for our coaches, players and fans that this game will not take place as originally scheduled. We now face the challenge of completing our 2012 schedule just seven months before the start of the season. We will work quickly and diligently to fill the hole on our schedule and will communicate with our season ticket holders and fans as the process moves forward."
The move to drop FSU from WVU's 2012 schedule did not come as a suprise. West Virginia is set to play nine conference games as a member of the Big 12 this fall, and with four non-conference games already scheduled, had to drop one. Each of those foes presented obstacles in dropping them from the schedule:
That left the FSU game, which, while certainly not desirable, might be the least of all possible evils. WVU is also scheduled to host the Seminoles in 2013, but as the Mountaineers are one game over the maximum on that slate as well, it's expected that game will be cancelled as well.
Left unnoticed in the immediate reaction to this move is the status of future schedules. The Big 12 has met recently to discuss expansion, and while not details of those talks have been reported, it appears as if the league is considering adding more teams in the near future. Further additions could again impact the number of out of conference games played by Big 12 schools, so this may be just the first of several juggling acts on WVU's future schedules.