OSU wants out of 2010 game against Eagles

Oregon State, with a lot of help from ESPN, is in the process of backing out of its contracted Sept. 4 football game against Eastern Washington in Corvallis, Ore., this fall. 

Details are still being worked out for a nationally televised game between OSU and Texas Christian, instead.  You can read more here and here.  And you can read EWU athletic director Bill Chaves comments on the potential schedule change below in an unedited version of the reaction story that will appear in Thursday morning's S-R.


Oregon State’s decision to drop Eastern Washington University from its 2010 college football schedule will probably not adversely affect the budget of EWU’s cash-strapped athletic department, according to Eagles athletics director Bill Chaves.



According to Chaves, OSU is under contact to play Eastern in Corvallis, Ore., on Sept. 4, in a guaranteed money game that would be worth $375,000 to the Eagles.  But the Beavers are currently working out details to play Texas Christian University on that day, instead, in a showdown of expected Football Bowl Subdivision powers that would be nationally televised by ESPN from Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas.



In lieu of that attractive inter-regional matchup, the details of which are still be finalized, the parties involved – particularly ESPN – are working on helping Eastern fill the resulting Sept. 4 void on its schedule with another acceptable FBS opponent in a game that would match or surpass the monetary reward that would have come from playing OSU.



“Nothing is official yet,” Chaves said, “but linked to that potential (OSU vs. TCU) deal would be them finding a replacement opponent for us. And we’re certainly amenable to reworking our contract with Oregon State and going in a different direction, as long as it makes sense financially, and otherwise, for us to do so.”



ESPN is expected to be the major player in whatever develops between the schools involved, and Chaves said there is a slight chance the powerful cable sports network won’t be able to come up with suitable substitute opponent for the Eagles.



In that case, Chaves explained, OSU would have to pay Eastern $200,000 to void the existing contract between the two schools, and EWU would be free to negotiate its own deal with another FBS opponent.



But Chaves added he does not expect that to happen, and is hoping the Eagles will end up with a future game against Oregon State as part of the reworking of the contract. In addition, Chaves said he would be “unbelievably shocked” if Eastern ended up without an FBS opponent and guaranteed money game on next year’s schedule – whether that game is brokered by ESPN, or by the university, itself.




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