In a surprise to absolutely no one, NC State is buying out of the rest of the Central Michigan series as reported by the AP.
MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. â€”Â Central Michigan says N.C. State is buying out the finale of a three-game football series between the schools, meaning next year’s game in Mount Pleasant won’t be happening.
The teams played at N.C. State this year and in 2011. They were supposed to play at CMU next season.
CMU says N.C. State has agreed to pay $350,000 for ending the series.
CMU athletic director Dave Heeke says he’s disappointed that N.C. State won’t be making the trip next year, but he is hoping to find a quality opponent to fill out the 2014 non-conference schedule.
Currently our 2014 schedule is setting up to look like:
Home – Boston College, FSU, GaTech, Wake Forest
Away – UNC, Clemson, Cuse, Louisville
Georgia Southern,Â Presbyterian,Â @ South Florida,Â Old Dominion
and for 2015 I expect us to buy out of the @ South Alabama game shortly.
Debbie Yow was on record saying she’s been trying to rework the schedule as State is due to have only 5 home games in 2014 and that is a recipe for financial troubles. Â She also said she has been working on a game with an SEC opponent but with the SEC moving to a 9 game conference schedule that may not happen. Â I’d look for someone from the Big 10 or Big 12 to fill that gap but I’d love to see a Pac 12 school on the schedule.
Originally we had Oklahoma State on the schedule but for some reason they bought out of that game and then to throw another monkey-wrench into things the league reversed it decision on the 9 game league schedule. That reversal was the reason we had Lousiana Tech on the schedule this year and Ga Southern and ODU on the schedule for 2014. Â Both GaSouthern and ODU will be FBS next year so we don’t have to worry about them not counting towards bowl eligibility.
The question is a never-ending debate among fans of any school, do you schedule cupcakes and get easy wins or do you try and load your schedule up with tough games and hope you come out alive. Â In our case, I’m not so sure which is better. Â Some fans will argue they don’t want to pay their hard earned money to watch State pound on the Central Michigans or William & Mary’s of the world but would rather see State in a “real” game even if that meant not always coming out on the winning side. In a case like ECU, who schedules up every year isn’t helping their cause any. Â Teams like Boise State have made a name for themselves winning 10 games a year vs Wyoming School for the Blind and then beating the one FBS team on their schedule, there is not reason the Pirates shouldn’t be doing the same but I’m not sure that’s the best route for us. I’d much rather the ACC move to a 9 game conference schedule although I think Notre Dame might throw a wrench into that plan.