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For now, Boise State game not moved

UPDATED | 3:15 p.m. Although there have been reports that Virginia Tech's meeting with Boise State at FedEx Field next season would be pushed up to Labor Day, nothing has been finalized on the schedule by ESPN.

ESPN spokesman Mike Humes said Wednesday in an e-mail message that the Hokies-Broncos game was one game the network looked to move to Labor Day, but said that the matchup has not been set. He said there was no time frame for a game to be set, saying making changes to the schedule is "like a puzzle."

Virginia Tech Athletic Director Jim Weaver said Wednesday that he has not been in touch with ESPN and that the Hokies' meeting with Boise State was still scheduled for Oct. 2. But he said that might change when the Atlantic Coast Conference releases the 2010 schedule, which could be as early as next week.

"That’s where it is today," Weaver said in a telephone interview. "That doesn’t mean it can't change tomorrow. And I’m not trying to play games with you; I'm just telling you factually how things happen with these kind of games."

The date of the anticipated showdown between Virginia Tech and Boise State, one of the marquee nonconference meetings of the 2010 football season, has been a source of confusion since the match up was announced.

It was announced last summer that the programs had agreed to meet in the Washington Redskins' stadium on Oct. 2.

But some time after that, Weaver said was approached by ESPN and the ACC about moving the game to Labor Day. Weaver said on a radio show in the fall that the game had been moved to Sept. 6. But that caused some confusion because Boise State had not agreed to the move.

After Boise State's win over Texas Christian in the Fiesta Bowl in January, word start to spread that ESPN was still pushing for Hokies-Broncos game to be played on Labor Day.

The Morning Sun in central Michigan reported Wednesday that Central Michigan, which was supposed to play in Blacksburg on Sept. 4, had readjusted its schedule because Virginia Tech would be playing Boise State during the season's opening weekend. The article, which did not offer sourcing on its report, said that Central Michigan's trip to Virginia Tech would be moved to Oct. 9.

By Mark Viera  |  January 27, 2010; 2:00 PM ET
 
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