U.Va. drops Penn St., adds Oregon to '13 football slate

What started out as a simple effort by Virginia to move some dates on its 2013 football schedule involved five schools by Monday afternoon.

Instead of playing at Penn State, the Cavaliers will get an unprecedented eighth home game against the Pac-12's high-powered Oregon, which finished this season ranked No. 2 in the country.

The Cavaliers will host the Ducks on Sept. 7, one week after Brigham Young comes to Scott Stadium.

Oregon is entering its first season under former offensive coordinator Mark Helfrich. He replaces Chip Kelly, who resigned to coach the Philadelphia Eagles after going 46-7 in four seasons in Eugne, Ore.

Virginia has had four losing records the past five seasons, including a 4-8 finish last season under third-year head coach Mike London.

"We initiated a conversation with Oregon about a potential game in 2017 in Europe," executive associate athletic director Jon Oliver said.

Playing Oregon and BYU this fall "will be a challenge, but one that coach London has been on board with since the very beginning," said Oliver. "I am hopeful that our fans will embrace this schedule and create a home-field advantage to help make our team successful."

Virginia players are already up for the games.

"Go big or go home," tight end Jake McGee said on Twitter. "Kid's putting his big boy pants on!"

The scheduling shuffle also involved Nevada, which agreed to move a 2013 home game with Oregon to 2019, and Central Florida, which will visit Penn State in Virginia's place.

It wasn't hard to persuade Nevada and new coach Brian Polian, who was looking at games against UCLA, Oregon and Florida State in the first four weeks.

"We exhausted all possibilities to address the Florida State game and could not come up with a mutually acceptable resolution," Nevada athletic director Cary Groth said in a statement. "At that point, moving the Oregon game was our best option."

Virginia hasn't announced an opponent for the Sept. 14 Penn State date.

The Cavaliers beat the Nittany Lions 17-16 Sept. 8 in Charlottesville and were to visit State College, Pa., this year.

But Penn State athletic director Dave Joyner said Monday U.Va. was looking for a home game on Sept. 14.

"We are working with Virginia to reschedule the game for Beaver Stadium in a future season," he said."

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Hey UVA - I hope this did not have to do with the Sandusky thing.

Electrical work required

Technicians at Scott Stadium will be working feverishly to install a hundreds digit box in the visitor's section of the score board before the Ducks come to Charlottesville.

Another losing season?

I applaud UVA for taking on high-profile teams (BYU and Oregon). But--I'm sorry but I see nothing that convinces me that UVA is capable of competing with teams on the field. Even with a new head coach Oregon will still have a potent offense and I can see UVA's defense getting torched. Yes UVA will get some national exposure--but could blow out defeats hurt recruiting?

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