Florida A&M will play the University of Miami from the ACC this season, but will it venture into SEC country in 2010?
My AJC colleague Tim Tucker, who covers the University of Georgia, has reported that UGA has had discussions with FAMU officials about possibly playing next season. Georgia has an opening on its 2010 schedule and the game would be played in Athens.
What would Florida A&M gain from playing at Georgia, a program which has won at least 10 games six of the past seven years and would be a prohibitive favorite? Exposure in a state filled with top prospects is always a good thing, and it would give the program its second game in the state of Georgia in 2010 – following the annual match with Tennessee State at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.
The bottom line, however, will be the HUGE paycheck FAMU would receive. I’m not privy to any financial negotiations, but Louisiana-Lafayette will get $875,000 to open next season in Athens and New Mexico State will get $925K for a game in Nov. 2011.
The game would likely fall in the middle of the season, which could also fall in the middle of a run toward a MEAC title. But the Rattlers didn’t let anything like that stand in the way of scheduling this season, with their match at Miami one week before playing at preseason MEAC favorite South Carolina State.
So, if this actually comes to pass, would it be a good or bad thing for FAMU?