Hampton will play just 10 football games in 2012, with two bye weeks in the schedule released Monday by the school.
The Pirates, coming off a 7-4 record in head coach Donovan Rose's third year, have open dates on Sept. 22 and Oct. 6.
HU last played a 10-game schedule in 1990, when it was a Division II school.
"We were trying to get in talks with a lot of folks from all different areas," said Donovan Rose, going into his fourth season as HU head coach. "Nobody was available for that particular date."
Rose said no game was canceled for the 2012 season; the slots just weren't filled. He said 11 games have already been scheduled for 2013 and 2014.
Hampton opens the 2012 season at Tennessee Tech on Aug. 30 before taking on cross-water rival Old Dominion at Armstrong Stadium on Sept. 8. The burgeoning rivalry produced a thriller last season, when the Monarchs held on for a 45-42 win in Norfolk.
The Pirates open Mid-Eastern Athletic Conferenceplay at Florida A&M on Sept. 15, then face Bethune-Cookmanat home on Sept. 29 in a game HU will probably circle long before kickoff. In 2011, the Pirates lost in heartbreaking — and controversial — fashion in Daytona Beach, Fla., when Isiah Thomas' apparent game-winning touchdown with seven seconds to play was overturned on a replay review.
On Oct. 13, the 50th edition of the Battle of the Bay will be contested when Norfolk State, coming off its first-ever MEAC title and FCS playoff appearance, travels to Armstrong Stadium.
"All of the home games are going to be exciting," Rose said. "Our whole schedule next year will be great."
Four of HU's final five games are on the road, beginning with a trip to North Carolina Central on Oct. 20. After a home game against Savannah State on Oct. 27, the Pirates close the regular season at Howard on Nov. 3, at Delaware State on Nov. 10 and at Morgan State on Nov. 17.Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times