Georgia adds Florida Atlantic to 2012 football schedule — at cost of $1 million

Georgia will pay Florida Atlantic $1 million to play a 2012 football game in Sanford Stadium –  the most UGA has ever agreed to pay an opponent for coming to Athens.

The game will be played on Sept. 15, 2012, replacing an originally scheduled game at Louisville on that date.  A two-game, home-and-home contract with Louisville was canceled as part of Georgia’s arrangement to play Boise State in the 2011 Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game in Atlanta.

Georgia and Florida Atlantic last week signed a memorandum of understanding on the 2012 game. The document was obtained Tuesday by the AJC under an open-records request.

Florida Atlantic is an FBS (formerly known as Division I-A) team and a member of the Sun Belt Conference. The Owls are 4-7 this season and are coached by 76-year-old Howard Schnellenberger, who was Miami’s coach when Mark Richt, now Georgia’s coach, played quarterback for the Hurricanes.

The $1 million payout has become about the going rate for non-conference FBS opponents who do not require a return visit to their stadium. The most Georgia had agreed to pay previously was $975,000 to Buffalo for a 2012 game and North Texas for a 2013 game.

The agreement between Georgia and Florida Atlantic calls for the Owls to receive 300 complimentary tickets and another 3,000 tickets to purchase and states that there will be a $1 million game cancellation fee.

Florida Atlantic’s non-conference games this season have included a 30-17 loss to Michigan State in Detroit and a 51-17 loss at Texas.

Georgia now has seven home games scheduled in 2012. The Bulldogs’ other non-conference opponents that season, all in Athens, are Buffalo, Georgia Southern and Georgia Tech.

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223 comments Add your comment

Dawg_Mike

November 30th, 2010
4:33 pm

Damn, we are getting the McGarity Florida scheduling playbook and running with it….

Dawg_Mike

November 30th, 2010
4:33 pm

No long trips…..in state or nearby OOC games…..now if we can match UF in performance :)

ConyersDawg

November 30th, 2010
4:37 pm

Anyone heard the Willie Martinez to Miami rumor?

dee

November 30th, 2010
4:40 pm

This is awful. As a season ticket holder, I would rather see a close game against an established opponent, rather than a cake walk against division 2. ARE THE TICHET PRICES GOING TO GET CHEAPER?

dee

November 30th, 2010
4:42 pm

Why not pay georgia state university to come play between the hedges?

BULLSEYE

November 30th, 2010
4:43 pm

How “bout them Owls!!!!
FAU should roll.

Theron Sapp

November 30th, 2010
4:51 pm

This is pathetic. This is not what we pay hundreds, and in many cases thousands, a year for.

o-me

November 30th, 2010
4:51 pm

Here we go again…”buying a win”..if UGA loses does Richt get fired?(like Miami)
Whats the difference in BUYING A GAME and BUYING A PLAYER?

All the UGA FAN that have been bitching about Auburn and Cam Newton need to shut the —k up…you are buying games!!!!!!! CAll it what you wish…..Its BS and a damn joke.

I had more respect for McGarity…guess I was wrong.

MDAWG24

November 30th, 2010
4:52 pm

ConyersDawg – not till you mentioned it.

TallaDawg

November 30th, 2010
4:53 pm

Buffalo and FAU in the same season??? Give me a freaking break.

DBDawg

November 30th, 2010
4:53 pm

These games are perfect. You get a little better than a scrimmage but still can sit out injured people and let them heal between games that matter. Younger players get a lot of playing time and experience. With as many good teams as there are in the SEC, why would you not want two or three games that the starters get to rest a little.

Andy in Blairsville

November 30th, 2010
4:54 pm

Why not grow a pair and commit to open 5 seasons in a row vs AL or LSU to gain much needed respect not only in the SEC but across the country as well?

KeepDreaming

November 30th, 2010
4:54 pm

I agree, this doesn’t excite me one bit…too bad…

gadawgs

November 30th, 2010
4:55 pm

Come on people. You all want to be like Florida but you do not want to do what Florida does to be Florida. Great job Mr. McGarity..Keep up the good work.

Not CMR

November 30th, 2010
4:55 pm

Dee….you can kiss the cheaper tickets goodbye !

Carrollton DAWG

November 30th, 2010
4:55 pm

o-me, all the major universities do that. The payoff is usually almost all of the 1-A’s athletic budget you dumb ass.

dee

November 30th, 2010
4:56 pm

What happened to Georgia Saturdays, BUILT Ford Tuff! Seems like we’re more Kia Tuff!

observer

November 30th, 2010
4:57 pm

It’s much better to simply “buy” a game then it is to buy both “games” and “players” as Auburn does with their OOC schedule most years. What a stupid argument.

Anyhow, this scheduling is still pathetic. So 2012 is setting up to have both FAU and Buffalo. Wow, that is some real exciting scheduling. Give me a break McGarrity. So far your management style and approach has proven to be less then impressive.

4th and Goal

November 30th, 2010
4:58 pm

o-me, go back to bed. Every school has games against weak opponents, Auburn included. Originally the opponent was Louisville and now they have to fill a regular season slot on 9/15 that isn’t easily filled because most teams are already scheduled to play that day. Sounds to me like you got a big chip on your shoulder about your mercenary 1-year QB….quit whining.

10-A-C

November 30th, 2010
4:59 pm

It makes the salary of that pathetic DC of yours look like a bargain!

DBDawg

November 30th, 2010
4:59 pm

Also great games to bring the kids to. Not as many drunks and loudmouths at these games.

Lame

November 30th, 2010
4:59 pm

wow…a million for a win….aren’t desperate to pad your win column are you?

pathetic program….wow…..

Native Atlantan

November 30th, 2010
5:00 pm

@ o-me; If you want to learn the definition of a hypocrite, please find a mirror.

Here are Auburn’s bought wins for the past two years: Ark State, LA Monroe, UT Chattanooga, La Tech and Furman.

Georgia buying another win

November 30th, 2010
5:00 pm

UGA having another cupcake weak schdule. Mutt nation can not complain about other teams playing weak teams….EVER!

Native Atlantan

November 30th, 2010
5:01 pm

Oh, and I forgot the Fighting Letterman’s of Ball State that Auburn played in 2009.

Bama Bill

November 30th, 2010
5:01 pm

Just another joke by the Georgia Pups – KSU Hooties can’t be far behind and then Georgia State. Guess Shorter is feeling left out ?

TeddyBallGame

November 30th, 2010
5:01 pm

Difficult, or nearly impossible, to schedule a major program only two years out – this may have been the best acvailable opponent.

Native Atlantan

November 30th, 2010
5:02 pm

Hey Lame, who’s your team? I bet we can find half a dozen cupcakes on your teams schedule for the past two years.

4th and Goal

November 30th, 2010
5:03 pm

I think UGA should schedule 12 games against the top D1 schools in the country (just like everyone else does). We could play the SEC East teams plus Auburn and two more SEC West teams, Ga Tech, and then maybe we should get Boise State, Oklahoma, Ohio State, and Oregon. That would be an awesome for our Dawgs.

Sanford Drive

November 30th, 2010
5:03 pm

Most of you are idiots.

This is great. And until the BCS dies, the formula to win it has been written. Kudos to McGarity fir understanding that.

The BCS LOVES the SEC. So keep our boys strong and healthy for those games.

Going to be a beautiful day in Athens when Florida Atlantic comes calling!!

dogface

November 30th, 2010
5:04 pm

12-0 in ‘14 if we buy FAU, GSU, Kennesaw State, Brookwood High School, Southern PolyTech, Agnes Scott, Oglethorpe, Young-Harris, Walden University (they’d have to play on-line), Shorter College, Mercer University and Le Cordon Bleu School of Culinary Arts.

This game-buying krap is getting old real fast. When will it end?

Native Atlantan

November 30th, 2010
5:04 pm

Bama Bill, let’s look at your host of cupcakes for the past two years: FL International, North TX, UT Chattanooga, San Jose State, Duke, GA State (not even Div I)

Go Dawgs!

November 30th, 2010
5:04 pm

There is just no satisfying some Dawg fans.

Seriously I truly think some of you simply aren’t happy if you don’t have something to b*tch and complain about.

Some of the same people that were excited about McGarity coming are now complaining about the man’s plan to get us where we want to go.

Go Dawgs!

November 30th, 2010
5:06 pm

Sanford Drive

November 30th, 2010
5:03 pm

Dead on!!!

greg

November 30th, 2010
5:08 pm

This schedule change was a great move by our new AD all around. We dumped UL to pick up BSU next year (in the Dome!!), and dumped UL for the following year in what would have been 3 straight road games at SCe, at UL, and finally at Bama. Now we get a home patsy between those two. One game in the Dome against BSU is worth losing the 2 games against UL and getting another home game between the Carolina and Bama games. Great move Greg!

at least keep the money local

November 30th, 2010
5:08 pm

how about the Ga State Panthers?!??! Keep the freaking money in state!

Lou

November 30th, 2010
5:09 pm

Andy in Blairsville…The SEC office determines the conference schedule for each school. You play everyone in your division every year. You play one traditional opponent from the other division every year. (Georgia’s traditional opponent from the western division is Auburn…Alabama plays Tennessee every year…etc.). You play 2 rotating teams from the other division each year. After the home and away, that opponent rotates out of your schedule and another opponent from the other division rotates in. This year, the Georgia opponents from the west were Arkansas and Mississippi State. The 2 year series with Arkansas is now over. Ole Miss rotates in next year. You can’t just decide to play teams from the other division whenever you want. The league has a system in place.

Bulldog Friend

November 30th, 2010
5:09 pm

Here is the solution that will please all UGA fans:
Pay GT 1M to play in Athens every year. Since UGA
has a 9-1 record over the last 10 years and it would
be an almost sure win against aDiv. 1 opponent. Tech
might go for this since they play better in Athens than at home.

4th and Goal

November 30th, 2010
5:09 pm

UGA has had home and home with Oklahoma State and Arizona State in the past few years; pretty good out-of-conference games in my opinion. With a 12 game schedule, there are going to be a couple of easier games. What idiots on this board don’t understand that?? For those whining about UGA’s schedule, have you looked closely at your team’s schedule?

PTC DAWG

November 30th, 2010
5:09 pm

It’s a good move, 7 home games will be nice, many of our rivals have 8 EVERY year.

PTC DAWG

November 30th, 2010
5:11 pm

I can’t believe someone took Andy in Blairsville serious. :)

Brian

November 30th, 2010
5:16 pm

People want to crucify CMRs record but the bad records started happening about the same time we started traveling across the country to play the Ariz Sts, Ok States, Colorado, etc. Those cross country trips take it out of the players for the following weeks games too. Give your tickets to a future Dawg if you don’t want to watch a blood bath. My kids loved the Idaho State game.

HOUDAWG

November 30th, 2010
5:17 pm

As Sanford said ……. you just don’t get it. At all …… !

Used to be of similar thought that we NEEDED to sched tougher games , outside the SEC sched.

But , as said ( pay attention now ) …… as long as the BCS system is in play ….. this IS the way to help get to some championship games. And check your FLA’s ; AUB’s ; Texas , etc. They’ve been doing this for a while. And PS …… ( again pay attention ) ….. we just dropped a D1 ( Louisville ) to sched a ” recognized ” D1 team in Boise State for 2011. To think we need to load the non-conference sched with Oklahoma / Ohio State , etc., is insidiously STUPID !

DawgFan'92

November 30th, 2010
5:17 pm

Anyone complaining about this or moronically comparing this to ‘buying a win’ are clearly clueless. Check the schedules of ANY other SEC school and you will find the same thing done at every single one of them. This is the nature of college football. As a point of comparison, Auburn played the following OOC games this year: Arkansa State, Louisianna-Monroe and Chattanooga – yes – all in the same season. Alabama played San Jose State, GEORGIA STATE and Duke. MSU played Memphis, Alcorn State (that’s right, the SWAC), Houston AND UAB.

When you play in the SEC especially, you do not need to prop up your strength of schedule because the conference games themselves give you a stronger schedule than most. What UGA is doing is simply doing what everyone else has been doing for years. There is absolutely nothing wrong with scheduling these guys. It’s actually the smart thing to do because scheduling 11 games against BCS teams (as UGA did last year) is putting yourself at a competitive disadvantage to everyone else in the country. UGA was 1 of only 2 schools (Notre Dame the other) that scheduled that many games against BCS schools in one season.

glsjunior

November 30th, 2010
5:20 pm

How about Ga State? We would’ve taken half to whip that butt!

4th and Goal

November 30th, 2010
5:20 pm

HOUDAWG,
Go look up the words “sarcasm” and “facetious” in the dictionary, you idiot.

HOUDAWG

November 30th, 2010
5:25 pm

Hey 4th …… caught the sarcasm in your previous post …… was referencing those that actually WANT that type of schedule …… punk.

Nick

November 30th, 2010
5:26 pm

geez, you guys making a big deal out of this is entertaining but stupid. Every team in the country (except the FA’s of the world) play these patsy games. Get that in your head and move on.

Spike

November 30th, 2010
5:28 pm

The Fightin Owls will probably give us more of a fight than most Tech teams.