TAMPA, FL - DECEMBER 1: Coach Dana Holgorsen of the West Virginia Mountaineers directs play against the South Florida Bulls December 1, 2011 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. West Virginia won 30 - 27. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
Just when we thought the offseason was going to be boring:
WVU v. Alabama to kick off 2014 season is "in the works." Requires some juggling on WVU's end to make it official.— Mike Casazza (@mikecasazza) May 17, 2012
The juggling he's referring to is WVU likely dropping a home game, perhaps ECU or Maryland (not necessarily dropping, but deferring). While this would normally mean a monetary loss, if this does pan out as a Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game in Atlanta, the normal $2M home take would be offset by a $3.1M payout, if past numbers hold true. The other possibility being bandied about on Twitter is the possibility of Big 12 expansion and less league games, making the juggling a bit simpler. Time will tell.
This game has the possibility of being absolutely juicy. Holgorsen vs. Saban. Holgorsen's offense vs. Saban's defense, both with the summer to prepare. The possibilities are endless and almost too fun to think about. Ollie, let's get this done!!
UPDATE: Apparently, it's going to happen:
This WVU v. Alabama thing is basically done done. I'm told the juggling is finished and the one 2014 opponent has disappeared.— Mike Casazza (@mikecasazza) May 17, 2012
UPDATE 2: It's OFFICIAL NOW