February 19, 1999
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florida State Director of Athletics Dave Hart confirmed that the NCAA notified him by phone Friday of its decision to grant the schools request for the flexibility of playing in a pre-season football game and/or to allow FSU to begin its football season on August 28th. The Seminoles have been trying to fill a vacancy in next year’s football schedule caused by Auburn’s decision to buy-out the 1999 season-opener in Tallahassee scheduled for national television.
“We are pleased that the NCAA granted us the flexibilty to play prior to the normal date of competition,” said Hart. “We are making every effort to schedule a Division 1A opponent. The NCAA’s decision allows us to explore what few options are left after Auburn’s late notification. I would say its reasonable that we can get together with our television partners and potential opponents and have our eleventh game announced by Wednesday or Thursday of next week.”
Florida State and Auburn were scheduled for a home-and-home series beginning next season with the Tigers traveling to Tallahassee for ESPN’s first Thursday night game of the season on September 2, 1999.