Rhode Island rumor: Penn State could dump Virginia for winless Rams

Rumors of this scheduling change were floating around more than a month ago. 

Now it appears even more likely: Penn State could well replace this year’s home game against Virginia with Rhode Island, a winless Football Championship Subdivision team last year (formerly Division I-AA). 

Rhode Island players were tweeting about the game change on New Year’s Day, according to Southern Rhode Island newspapers at ricentral.com. 

For the Rams, the game would be a huge pay day, probably at least a guaranteed $300,000, maybe more.

Penn State opens the season on Aug. 31 against Syracuse at MetLife Stadium before returning home to play Eastern Michigan.

The Virginia game is scheduled for Sept. 14. 

“It’s not final now, but there’s a strong possibility,” URI coach Joe Trainer told ricentral.com. 

For Penn State, the rationale could be part of a plan to lessen the non-conference part of its schedule during the NCAA sanctions, which include scholarship losses and potential significant depth problems.

Bill O’Brien may add a lesser Rhode Island team to this year’s schedule to help winning and recruiting during NCAA sanctions.



The Virginia home game could be rescheduled in Beaver Stadium a few years down the road, much like how Alabama requested to move its series with Penn State when it was under sanctions. 

Rhode Island, by the way, finished 0-11 last year and only twice scored more than 10 points in a game.


This entry was posted in Beaver Stadium, Football, NCAA, Penn State, Schedule and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.