The scheduling game keeps getting more complicated — and, to say the least, more expensive.
For non-conference games on future home football schedules, Georgia will pay $875,000 to Louisiana (Lafayette) in 2010, $925,000 to New Mexico State in 2011 and $975,000 to North Texas in 2013.
It’s the cost of getting games against teams that don’t require you to come to their place another year in return. Here’s my story on that topic.
Meanwhile, an issue we’ve discussed here before — the Atlanta Sports Council’s desire to have Georgia play a season-opening non-conference game in the Georgia Dome in 2010 or some other year — continues to percolate.
There’s still nothing concrete . . . just a continuing desire by the Sports Council and its TV partner ESPN to put something together involving the Dogs, when/if possible. Rumored opponents have run the gamut –- UCLA, Texas, Southern Cal, North Carolina, you name ‘em.
Damon Evans, Georgia’s AD, said a couple of weeks ago that he’d heard various rumors, but said he’d gotten word some of the schools rumored to be interested in playing UGA in Atlanta really weren’t. Georgia’s position is that it doesn’t rule out any possibility but isn’t actively pursuing a 2010 Dome game. UGA already has six games scheduled away from Athens that year and won’t, under any circumstances, play fewer than six games in Sanford Stadium. So unless that year’s contractually committed game at Colorado were shifted to another year, there’d be no room for an Atlanta game.
Sports Council president Gary Stokan said last month — and reiterated Monday –- that trying to mesh schedules to put together a neutral-site game, particularly one as close at hand as 2010, is “like a Rubik’s cube.”
Your thoughts on any of this?