The West Virginia Mountaineers move to the Big 12 seems to be picking up speed. Today, Florida State released a statement on West Virginia's intention to cancel this season's game against the Seminoles, a game that was scheduled as part of the settlement between the Big East and ACC over the ACC's original raid of the Big East that resulted in the departures of Boston College, Miami and Virginia Tech. West Virginia reportedly must pay at least $500,000 to get out of the game with Florida State as it is less than 12 months from the kickoff.
Here is the statement from Florida State athletic director Randy Spetman:
"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."
The status conference in Rhode Island Superior Court for the Big East and West Virginia is scheduled for Feb. 9. Check back with us to see what the outcome of that meeting is.
For more coverage West Virginia's attempt to leave the Big East early, stay tuned to our Big East Falls Apart section