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NCAA Grants Seminoles’ Request for Scheduling Flexibility

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 school’s 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.

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