Florida State will not play a home game at noon this September, FSU announced.
Sept. 3 vs. Louisiana-Monroe, 3:30 p.m., ESPNU
Sept. 10 vs. Charleston Southern, 6 p.m., ESPN3.com
Sept. 17 vs. Oklahoma, 7:30/8 p.m., ESPN or ABC (National)
"We are very excited about our 2011 schedule and now that we have our first three game times, I think our fans are going to be very pleased as well," said Director of Athletics Randy Spetman. "Not only are all three games available on the ESPN family of networks but none are scheduled for a noon kickoff, which is something we have tried to avoid in the past due to the Florida heat. I know our fans are looking forward to Oklahoma's first-ever trip to Tallahassee and we are thrilled that our game versus the Sooners is going to be a nationally showcased game that week."
That is a major win for the athletic department. We have criticized the AD in the past for a variety of issues, but turning down the opportunity to be on a more national TV package at noon in order to take care of the fans who actually attend the games is just smart business. Fans attending the contests against Louisiana Monroe and Charleston Southern are going to want to tailgate. They do not want to walk directly into the stadium with a lack of liquid refreshment only to stand in the muggy, 90-degree heat for four hours.
And they avoid this all-too-familiar scenario: "Tell wife & kids the car is leaving at 5 a.m. Wake up at 4 a.m. Leave at 6 a.m. from Tampa. Arrive in Tallahassee at 10:15-- no time to set up tailgate for noon game."