As if Old Dominion pulling out of their game next year at Jerry Richardson Stadium against the Charlotte 49ers wasn’t enough, it looks like this year’s matchup against the two squads in Norfolk has been wiped out as well.
According to sources (h/t @rossmith–confirmed by the Charlotte Observer‘s David Scott), the Niners have cancelled their November 16 road game against the Monarchs, a response to ODU’s decision to scrap the team’s meeting in the Queen City next year. Now, however, both games are off the table, and both teams will have to scramble to fill the now vacated dates. Charlotte is especially hurt since this will be their first year; it will be ODU’s third season of play, and as a FBS independent in 2013 and a full C-USA member in 2014, they easily have much more leverage than Charlotte as to who they can add. In fact, Harry Minium over at the Virginian-Pilot has reported that a series between the Monarchs and Vanderbilt from the SEC is possible starting next year. While Vandy may be a far cry from its conference brethren in Athens and Columbia, SEC football is still an upgrade.
Much more to come, but it will be an interesting talking point at today’s C-USA media day.