Scrambling to fill a last-minute open football date, Old Dominion replaced the Charlotte 49ers with Campbell for the upcoming season, ODU officials announced Wednesday night.
Charlotte officials last week informed the Monarchs that they were canceling their Nov. 16 game in Norfolk, just days after ODU canceled what was supposed to be the second game of a home-and-home series, next year in Charlotte.
ODU has played Campbell in each of its first four seasons, winning each game. In the past three meetings, ODU has outscored the Camels 155-41.
ODU on Wednesday also announced its 2014 nonconference schedule: against Hampton University on Aug. 30, at N.C. State on Sept. 6, against Eastern Michigan on Sept. 13 and at Vanderbilt on Nov. 1.
After canceling its 2013 game with ODU, Charlotte filled one of its two vacancies this season with a Sept. 21 game at James Madison, according to sources. That's the first of a home-and-home series, with JMU going to Charlotte in 2014.
Neither ODU nor Charlotte officials would confirm that this season's game was canceled. But at Conference USA football media day in Irving, Texas, on Wednesday, the Monarchs' media guide listed the Nov. 16 opponent as TBA, and did not mention Charlotte as an opponent.
ODU's quick maneuvering keeps them at six home games and an 11-game schedule as it transitions into the Football Bowl Subdivision and Conference USA.
The cancellation may have financial repercussions for ODU, which sold 15,000 season tickets and stadium signage predicated on a six-game home schedule.
Scheduling home games was particularly difficult for ODU this season, because the Monarchs are technically still a Football Championship Subdivision program and don't begin playing a full C-USA schedule until 2014.
Charlotte's startup football program is in its first season, and the 49ers will join C-USA in 2015. That's a major component of the scheduling dispute.
Charlotte officials and coaches didn't want to play an established program on its way to FBS while its own program was in its infancy. When the contract was originally signed, both schools believed they would be playing at the FCS level in 2013 and '14.
Earlier this month, ODU officials told Charlotte that they were canceling the 2014 game because they sought another FBS opponent and agreed to pay the 49ers $60,000.
But that still left Charlotte looking for a home game, which JMU was able to provide.
Monarchs settle with Blaine Taylor
Old Dominion settled its contract issues with former men's basketball coach Blaine Taylor on Wednesday, the Virginian-Pilot reported.
According to senior associate athletic director Debbie White, Taylor was paid $37,580 to settle. He also was paid his salary from the date he was dismissed, Feb. 5, to July 31 — the final day of his annual contract. His annual salary from the school was $212,160. The estimated pro-rated payment would be about $102,300.
Taylor's compensation package was much higher, with a majority of it coming from the ODU Athletic Foundation. According to the Pilot, in 2010, the last year numbers were available through Internal Revenue Service filings, his total compensation package was $743,428.
Old Dominion announced Taylor's firing Feb. 5, and the Monarchs were 2-20 with eight games left in the season. ODU athletic director Wood Selig said at the time, the dismissal was not a result of the losing record, but because the team needed a change in leadership. Taylor was 239-144 in nearly 12 seasons at ODU.
Charlotte drops ODU from football schedule; Monarchs respond by adding Campbell
ODU settles with former men's basketball coach Blaine Taylor
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