WVU finds itself in tight quarters trying to fill those vacancies. It doesn't want more than one FCS game a year. It already has quality Bowl Championship Series foes for non-conference series in coming years - LSU, Maryland, Florida State and Michigan State.
Meanwhile, below the BCS level, teams in the Mid-American and Sun Belt Conference are getting $900,000 and upward to visit BCS schools. WVU, with a stadium that seats 60,000, can't pay those kind of bucks and make needed profit.
West Virginia Coach Bill Stewart told me recently that he tried to talk a MAC coach at an Ohio school into visiting Morgantown for $800,000, and the coach told Stewart he could "get $1.25 million to go play an SEC school ... and maybe he didn't want to play the SEC school, but (that program) needed the money."
West Virginia got a real steal in landing UNLV for $740,000 and no return this coming season - a deal done about one year ago before Runnin' Rebels AD Mike Hamrick returned to his alma mater, Marshall.
Hamrick is on hold for impending "Coal Bowl" series renewal with West Virginia for 2013 and beyond, probably something that will look like a 6-for-4 or 5-for-3 ... and probably something that Gov. Joe Manchin will put on the front burner for a new West Virginia AD when Ed Pastilong's successor is chosen this summer.
Of course, within two years, all of WVU's future scheduling may have to be adjusted. Who knows what the Mountaineers' conference schedule will look like - or even what conference they will call home if a Big Ten Conference expansion push splinters Big East football, as many expect.
Contact Sports Editor Jack Bogaczyk at ja...@dailymail.com or 304-348-7949.