Georgia has added South Alabama to its 2014 home football schedule, UGA athletic director Greg McGarity confirmed Friday.
Georgia will pay the Mobile, Ala., school $900,000, McGarity said, to make the trip to Sanford Stadium for the Nov. 8, 2014, game.
South Alabama’s 2-year-old football program has lined up multiple games against SEC teams. In addition to Georgia in 2014, the Jaguars will play Mississippi State in 2012, 2014 and 2016, Tennessee in 2013, LSU in 2016 and Ole Miss in 2017.
South Alabama begins a two-year transition period to the NCAA’s FBS (formerly Division I-A) level in the 2011 season. Beginning in 2013, the Jaguars will be eligible for the Sun Belt Conference championship and a bowl berth.
The South Alabama game completes Georgia’s 2014 non-conference schedule, which also includes games against Clemson, Charleston Southern and Georgia Tech.
“Georgia has obviously built a great tradition throughout the years; they’ve won national championships and had hundreds of players play in the NFL,” South Alabama head coach Joey Jones said in a statement Friday. “It’s going to be a tremendous venue for us to go up and play in; we’re excited about that.”
The $900,000 payout is not the most Georgia has agreed to pay for a non-conference home game. Florida Atlantic will receive $1 million for a 2012 game in Sanford Stadium, while Buffalo and North Texas will be paid $975,000 apiece for games in 2012 and 2013, respectively.