Schedule Switch?

Rumors have begun to swirl about a possible replacement for Buffalo on West Virginia's 2006 football schedule, but although potential open dates for one candidate align with WVU's, administrators at the school say no definitive arrangements have been made yet.

Ohio University another member of the Mid-American Conference (Buffalo is also a member), recently announced that it would not be playing Boston College this year, thus opening a slot on its 2006 schedule. According to Director of Media Relations Brian Gunning, that was not a cancellation of a contracted game.

"I can confirm that the BC game is off the board," Gunning told "But there was a misconception that that game was a contracted game. It was not. So, we are still trying to fill one more non-conference slot on our schedule."

Gunning would not name schools that the Bobcats are currently talking with, but did confirm that Ohio U already has non-conference games scheduled on Sept. 2 (Tennessee-Martin), Sept. 16 (Louisiana-Lafayette) and Sept. 23 (Missouri). The open date on Sept. 9 coincides with West Virginia's date with Buffalo, but Gunning said that the as-yet-to-be-completed MAC schedule could place a game on that date. He did confirm, however, that Ohio University is negotiating with "several" schools, and that the MAC league office has been involved in helping obtain non-conference games in the past.

In a prepared statement on the school's official athletic web site, Athletic Director Kirby Hocutt confirms that Ohio is in negotiations with BCS–conference schools to complete its 2006 schedule. However, finalizing a deal with any of those schools could be contingent upon the completion of the MAC conference schedule. Hocutt said that he hopes to release the Bobcats' schedule "in its entirety" within the next few weeks.

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