Jan. 23, 2002
Tallahassee, Fla. –
ALL ACC SCHOOLS MUST HOST A THURSDAY NIGHT GAME
Some fans and faculty have expressed concern over the scheduling of a Thursday night football game in Tallahassee. I hope to clarify a few points and address a few of the concerns that we all share.
It is important for everyone to understand that we have not initiated an interest in hosting games on Thursday nights. As part of the television package negotiated between ESPN and the ACC, all nine schools agreed to play at least one home game on Thursday night during the life of the contract. While we would prefer to always play on Saturdays, our game with Clemson satisfies our obligation to that portion of the contract.
Fans will remember that we have played a number of road Thursday night games over the last three years and, of course, those satisfied the obligation of the home institutions to the contract. While we are certain that this will be a rare inconvenience, there is no question that the exposure afforded the programs that play on Thursday night is extensive.
Ironically, we had already scheduled a game that would have satisfied our Thursday night commitment back in 1999. We were supposed to open the season against Auburn in Doak Campbell on a Thursday night. However, Auburn bought its way out of the contract as has been well publicized. We were disappointed with that decision for a lot of reasons but one of those is that it allowed us to satisfy the Thursday night commitment without interfering with classes as the game would take place before the fall semester started.
Consideration of our fans has consistently been a high priority as we address the difficult task of balancing our schedule. We are extremely sensitive to the inconvenience that a Thursday night home game presents to our fans and faculty, particularly those who travel from out of town, and thank supporters of the Seminoles for their understanding of this issue.