Can you juggle? Are you an accomplished chess player? If you answered yes to either of those questions, you may possess the mental dexterity it takes to handle the scheduling process for a big-time college football program.
Florida State senior associate athletic director Monk Bonasorte, along with FSU's recently-vacated athletic director position and head coach Jimbo Fisher, handles the Seminoles' scheduling process and, with the charisma of a defensive driving instructor, he starts the video inside the FSU Football Scheduling War Room, which in this case also doubles as a white board. The Seminoles situation is an interesting one with an annual non-conference rivalry with Florida but, unlike the Gators, Florida State hasn't been reluctant to schedule A-list programs in addition to the Gators. For example, the Seminoles recently completed a home-and-home series with Oklahoma and BYU, and will meet Oklahoma State at Cowboys Stadium to open the 2014 season.
With that said, Bonasorte opens his lesson with Florida State's 2016 schedule. Ten of their game are already set - four ACC games on the home and road, a home date with Florida and a trip to Tampa to face South Florida. Florida State will consider a neutral site game, as their schedule typically allows in even-numbered years (vs. Colorado in Jacksonville in 2008 and the aforementioned meeting with Oklahoma State in 2014), Bonasorte notes. If the 'Noles were going to start a home-and-home series in 2017, it would have to be a home game since they travel to Gainesville.
As part of their quasi-membership agreement with the ACC, Notre Dame will travel to Doak Campbell Stadium in 2014, and the Seminoles will owe the Fighting Irish a return trip at some point. Oh, and Bonasorte has to operate with a baseline of no less than seven home games to help the balance the athletic department's books.
"This is not a one-day one call, you call someone up and they say, 'Okay, we'll schedule the game.' This takes months and months to try to figure out your schedule," Bonasorte says.
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