Depleted FSU goes for soft start with 2008 schedule

By Brian Landman, Times Staff Writer
Published February 9, 2008

Florida State will open the 2008 football season undermanned, so it has tried to start the year with as soft a schedule as possible.

The ACC released its schedules Friday, and as expected, the Seminoles nixed a Labor Day game and will open with three home games. The first two are against Division I-AA teams, Western Carolina and Chattanooga. About a dozen FSU players who didn't go to the Music City Bowl will be out for the first three games for unspecified reasons. Four games represents 30 percent of a season, which corresponds to the penalty imposed on student-athletes involved in FSU's academic misconduct scandal.

Meanwhile, the Hurricanes, who are moving out of the Orange Bowl, will play their first regular-season game at Dolphin Stadium on a Thursday, against I-AA Charleston Southern, because they now share a venue with baseball's Florida Marlins.

The ACC championship game is Dec. 6 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa.

Miami hires AD

CORAL GABLES - Kirby Hocutt, the athletic director at Ohio since 2005, was hired as Miami's AD, replacing Paul Dee. Hocutt, a former Kansas State linebacker, also spent six years in Oklahoma's athletic department, where he helped oversee a fundraising campaign.

Notre Dame: Coach Charlie Weis, who use to call plays as the Patriots won three Super Bowls, will give play-calling duties this season to Irish offensive coordinator Mike Haywood. Coming off a 3-9 season, Weis wants to focus on his duties as coach. He made the decision after meeting with Patriots coach Bill Belichick before New England's regular-season finale Dec. 29.

Sprinter Sets Mark: Illinois' Lesiba Masheto broke a 21-year-old collegiate indoor record by winning the 500 meters in 1 minute, 0.82 seconds at the New Balance Invitational in New York. The old mark was 1:00.84, set by Michael Greene of Navy in 1987.

Times wires contributed to this report.


Florida State

Sept. 6 Western Carolina

Sept. 13 Chattanooga

Sept. 20 Wake Forest*

Sept. 27 Colorado#

Oct. 4 at Miami*

Oct. 16 (Th.) at N.C. State*

Oct. 25 Va. Tech*

Nov. 1 at Ga. Tech*

Nov. 8 Clemson*

Nov. 15 Boston College*

Nov. 22 at Maryland*

Nov. 29 Florida


Aug. 28 (Th.) Charleston So.

Sept. 6 at Florida

Sept. 20 at Texas A&M

Sept. 27 North Carolina*

Oct. 4 Florida State*

Oct. 11 UCF

Oct. 18 at Duke*

Oct. 25 Wake Forest*

Nov. 1 at Virginia*

Nov. 13 (Th.) Va. Tech*

Nov. 20 (Th.) at Ga. Tech*

Nov. 29 at N.C. State*

all times TBA; * denotes ACC game; # at Jacksonville