Posted October 18, 2012

Report: Ohio State AD miffed after Vanderbilt cancels game via letter

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Vanderbilt cancelled 2013 game at Ohio State via mail. (Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)

Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith isn’t happy with how he was notified of Vanderbilt’s decision to back out of their season-opener scheduled for Aug. 31, 2013, according to The Cleveland Plain Dealer. Smith said Vanderbilt sent Ohio State a form letter announcing its plans with less than 11 months notice.

“Very disappointed that it happened this way,” Smith said, adding that Northwestern was displeased with how Vanderbilt backed out of its planned two-game series with the Wildcats in 2013 and 2014. “We have 11 months, and we didn’t get a phone call, we just got a letter. So I’m very disappointed in that.

“I would have preferred a phone call as opposed to a form letter, but that’s just the way it is.”

Smith said Vanderbilt did not have to pay a penalty for backing out of the single game at Columbus.

The Buckeyes are left scrambling to find an opponent to fill the date. Ohio State was expecting to pay Vanderbilt about $1 million, but Smith anticipates having to pay more to fill a game less than a year in advance.

Today’s release of the SEC’s 2013 football schedule includes Vanderbilt hosting Ole Miss on Aug. 31. Smith said his department had a notion the Commodores might be backing out several weeks ago, and began their search at that time.


10 comments
tom_z
tom_z

Another SEC team runs away rather than play outside the South.

valiant35
valiant35

Call Savannah State. That's who FSU had to schedule when WVU bailed from their game in Tally.

jarob54
jarob54

Gene, it's the B1G. You and your conference have no capital. Nada, zip, zero, none, nothing. Michigan had their guts stomped out by the Tide,  so Vandy is looking at a team and conference that worth the effort. Sorry pal, but your conference as seen better days.

Ross B
Ross B

Ohio State just gets the leftovers that Vanderbilt tosses them under the table, just ask Gordon Gee.

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 @tom_z How quickly you forget Ohio State canceling the games they had scheduled with UGA.   That was just four and a half months ago.  What selective memory you have!

Craig12
Craig12

@jarob54 is that why vandy has lost to Northwestern two years running.

SteveBasinger
SteveBasinger

 @Ross B

 you guys are nuts...buckeyes would have paid them 1 mill to come...vandy may be  for smart kids but the ad isn't good with numbers!!!!!

Tired Of Excuses
Tired Of Excuses

 @?  @tom_z

 Those games were originally scheduled 2020-21.........there was more than 11 months notice......

jarob54
jarob54

 @ronald.lange Money talks and bull s h i t walks This is Vandy, on game day it's deemed improper to wear a gold Rolex, stainless steel is recommended, after all you are outdoors. Home slice you haven't seen B1G money until you venture to the palaces of the SEC. "Do the Wall Street shuffle, let your money hustle, you need a Yen to make a Mark to make money." then you be called daddy Rothchild. Six and counting. S U C K I T!