ATHENS, Ga. – The University of Georgia’s non-conference football schedules are booked up through the end of the 2013 season, and we’ve got a few details available.
Among games added in a short time by new UGA athletics director Greg McGarity: A 2011 opener in Atlanta against Boise State and a future series beginning in 2020 with Ohio State.
Among the more eye-opening items from contracts obtained by Dawgs247 is that UGA has agreed to pay a visiting non-conference team a guaranteed amount at least $925,000 on four different occasions during the next three football seasons.
Also included on each of the next three schedules will be at least one team from the NCAA’s Football Championship Subdivision.
Read below to sort through the details for existing future UGA non-conference agreements and home games (excluding the annual meeting with Georgia Tech) …
SEPT. 17, 2011: COASTAL CAROLINA UNIVERSITY
A member of the NCAA’s Football Championship Subdivision (formerly Division I-AA), CCU will receive $475,000 and an allotment of 5,000 tickets for this game. The deal was originally dated Oct. 5, 2007 and signed by former UGA AD Damon Evans.
NOV. 5, 2011: NEW MEXICO STATE UNIVERSITY
Evans signed this agreement in March 2009. As a result of it, NMSU will receive $925,000 and an allotment of 4,500 tickets for visiting Athens.
NOTE: Georgia’s other 2011 non-conference games is a neutral-site opener in Atlanta against Boise State. Click here for more on that deal.
SEPT. 1, 2012: UNIVERSITY OF BUFFALO
UGA’s season-opener in 2012 will be against Buffalo of the Mid-American Conference. The Bulls will receive $975,000 for the game and an allotment of 2,500 tickets. Interim AD Frank Crumley signed this contract dated Aug. 18, 2010.
SEPT. 15, 2012: FLORIDA ATLANTIC UNIVERSITY
Greg McGarity added this matchup late in 2010 to help replace a series with Louisville that was dropped in order to add the Boise State opener in 2011. FAU is set to receive a cool $1 million for the game, according to a memorandum of understanding between the schools.
NOV. 17, 2012: GEORGIA SOUTHERN UNIVERSITY
The Eagles from Statesboro are set to return to Athens next year for the first time since 2008, giving UGA another future FCS opponent. GSU is set to receive $475,000 and an allotment of 8,000 tickets for the game. The deal was signed Aug. 9, 2010 by Crumley.
AUG. 31, 2013: UNIVERSITY OF NORTH TEXAS
UGA will open this season with a home game against North Texas that will be worth $975,000 to the Mean Green, which will receive an allotment of 4,500 tickets. Evans signed this deal in Oct. 2008.
TBA: APPALACHIAN STATE UNIVERSITY
This game was moved from its original date of Sept. 5, 2009 to the 2013 season. The contractual details provided by UGA did not specify a date for this game, but the general consensus is that it will be Sept. 7 in Athens. In the original 2005 agreement, ASU was to receive $325,000. The amount remained the same, though UGA added $75,000 for moving the contest. ASU will receive an allotment of 5,000 tickets.
TBA: at CLEMSON UNIVERSITY
Georgia will visit Clemson in 2013 with the Tigers returning the trip to Athens in 2014. The actual date of this game was not specified in the initial agreement or contractual details released, though some are saying Sept. 21 is likely. For each game, the visiting team will receive $300,000 and an allotment of 7,500 tickets. One interesting note: When UGA is in Clemson, there will be Atlantic Coast Conference referees. When Clemson is in Athens, there will be Southeastern Conference referees.