Florida State will open its 2007 football schedule at Clemson on Labor Day night in a game that will be televised nationally on ESPN at 8:00 p.m.. This will be the third season in a row that FSU has opened on national television on Labor Day having played at Miami in 2006 and hosting Miami in 2005. The Seminoles were also scheduled to play at Miami on Labor Day in 2004 but the game was pushed back to September 10 because of weather.
"The Clemson-Florida State game is one of our most viewed telecasts, and eagerly anticipated match-ups each year," said Dave Brown, Vice President, ESPN programming and acquisitions. "The popularity of our Labor Day primetime window is a natural fit for this game and we look forward to showcasing the Clemson-Florida State game to a national audience in an exclusive college football window."
Last year's Labor Day night game between Florida State and Miami averaged 6,330,000 households, was the sixth most viewed regular season college football game on national television in 2006, ranked as ESPN's highest-rated college football game since 1994 with a 6.9 rating, and was the most viewed college football game in ESPN's history.
Ron West, hired by West Virginia as assistant head coach and offensive line coach, has decided to return to Clemson.
"Ron West called today to inform me that he has changed his mind and has decided to stay at Clemson," Mountaineers coach Rich Rodriguez said Thursday. "Coach West cited family considerations as his reason, and I understand his decision."
The move leaves the Mountaineers with three assistant coaching vacancies.
West would have replaced Rick Trickett, who left for Florida State. WVU also recently lost Herb Hand, the tight ends coach and recruiting coordinator, to Tulsa; and wide receivers coach Butch Jones became the head coach at Central Michigan.
Miami has chosen Patrick Nix of Georgia Tech as its new offensive coordinator, a source close to Nix said Friday.
Nix has been offensive coordinator at Georgia Tech for the last three seasons, taking over playcalling responsibilities from Chan Gailey this year.
He is a former standout quarterback at Auburn, where as a sophomore in 1993, he helped lead the school to an 11-0 record.