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.
According to Chaves, OSU is under contact to play Eastern in
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
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