If you wanted even more proof that West Virginia was intent on leaving the Big East for 2012, no matter what the courts say, here it is: The Mountaineers have officially backed out of their Sept. 8 game against Florida State.
There had been speculation surrounding the possible move for the past month. West Virginia needed to knock out one of its four nonconference games in order to be able to play nine league games as a new member of the Big 12. Athletic director Oliver Luck has continually reiterated that he fully intends on having his program in the Big 12 for the 2012 season, despite Big East bylaws requiring a 27-month waiting period.
Both West Virginia and the Big East have sued each other, and neither court case has been resolved. The Big 12 has delivered its 2012 schedule to TV partners but has yet to announce it publicly. Here is the statement from FSU athletic director Randy Spetman on the cancellation of the game:
“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. 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.”