Washington Cancels Trip to Penn State Classic

Volleyblog Seattle: Pac-12 Network’s Schedule Affects Travel Options and RPI

Volleyblog Seattle broke the news that the University of Washington has cancelled its September 14th and 15th trip to State College for the Penn State Classic, where it would have faced Penn State (September 14th), Eastern Illinois (September 14th), and Duquesne (September 15th):

The decision to back out of the September 14-15 tournament in State College, PA coincides with [the June 20th] release of the final 2012 Pac-12 Network schedule.
The television schedule moves the Huskies’ conference opener against Washington State to Tuesday, September 18. Washington head coach Jim McLaughlin decided not to risk a weekend cross-country trip just days before the start of the conference season.

For the complete Volleyblog Seattle post (including a quote from Coach McLaughlin), Click Here.

Penn State Head Coach Russ Rose confirmed the cancellation:

The new television schedule came out and Coach McLaughlin was concerned with traveling and having ample time to prepare his team for a mid-week match.  We hope to have a replacement confirmed as soon as possible.

As Penn State fans, we’re disappointed, but we can understand the decision.  We doubt that many coaches would intentionally set up a travel schedule like that immediately prior to their conference opener. Just looking at this year and the past three seasons, Penn State has played (or will play) its final pre-conference match at home, and has had (or will have) no fewer than three days off before its conference opener:

20099/18/09Non-ConferenceTemplePhiladelphia, PA
20099/19/09Non-ConferenceSaint Francis (PA)Rec Hall
20099/19/09Non-ConferenceTempleRec Hall
20099/25/09Conference Opener NorthwesternEvanston, IL
20109/17/10Non-ConferenceGWURec Hall
20109/18/10Non-ConferencePrincetonRec Hall
20109/18/10Non-ConferenceSt. JohnsRec Hall
20109/24/10Conference Opener IllinoisChampaign, IL
20119/16/11Non-ConferenceLong Island UnivesityRec Hall
20119/17/11Non-ConferenceRutgersRec Hall
20119/17/11Non-ConferenceFlorida Gulf CoastRec Hall
20119/21/11Conference Opener NebraskaLincoln, NE
20129-14-12Non-ConferencetbdRec Hall
20129-15-12Non-ConferenceDuquenseRec Hall
20129-15-12Non-ConferenceEastern IllinoisRec Hall
20129-19-12Conference Opener NebraskaRec Hall