LINCOLN — You can add Memorial Stadium to the list of potential sites for Nebraska’s 2013 football game against Southern Mississippi, originally set to be a Husker road trip.
NU officials proposed that the Huskers and Golden Eagles play in Lincoln next season, the newest possible amendment to a three-game scheduling contract between the athletic departments.
New Orleans’ Superdome or Kansas City’s Arrowhead Stadium are still candidates to host the matchup, which is slated for Sept. 7, 2013, in Hattiesburg, Miss.
Southern Miss will make the final decision, one that NU Athletic Director Tom Osborne hopes will be announced within the next two or three weeks.
“There is a possibility of four sites … but until we get a signed contract, we probably aren’t going to say much more,” Osborne said Friday. “It’s their home game.”
Southern Miss may not want to play at home, though.
The USM athletic department is facing a $1.27 million debt, and the university’s faculty senate advised earlier this month that the Golden Eagles should consider moving games to off-campus venues to increase revenue, according to the Hattiesburg (Miss.) American newspaper.
“We’re exploring all options, with respect to scheduling, for 2013,” USM Athletic Director Jeff Hammond told the paper. “We are looking at a variety of options.”
Hammond said in an emailed statement to The World-Herald Friday that Southern Miss is “not in a position to address this matter at this time.”
Hammond, officially appointed to his current position in June, announced last spring that Southern Miss was considering moving its home game against Nebraska to New Orleans.
But last week Osborne confirmed to The World-Herald that talks were under way to possibly play the game in Kansas City. Osborne said Friday that Southern Miss initiated those discussions.
Now, Lincoln’s on the table, too.
Said Osborne: “When it became apparent that they were looking around for a site and when we began to examine different possibilities, we began to realize that we (could host it).”
Wherever next year’s contest is played, Osborne said, it will have no impact on the 2015 meeting, when Southern Miss visits Memorial Stadium to complete the series. The Golden Eagles lost 49-20 at Nebraska this season.
Financial figures involved with Nebraska’s recent proposal to bring the 2013 game to Lincoln were not available Friday.
Southern Miss is contractually set to earn a $700,000 payout in 2015, according to NU Assistant Athletic Director Jeff Jamrog, who oversees football scheduling. It was previously agreed that the road team in the USM-NU series would receive $300,000 during the 2012 and 2013 seasons, Jamrog said.
OSBORNE: Miami GAMES REMAIN IN NU’S PLANS
Nebraska’s home-and-home series against Miami in 2014 and 2015 is not in jeopardy as far as Tom Osborne knows.
Miami is scheduled to play at Memorial Stadium in 2014. Nebraska will go to Miami in 2015.
The athletic director said he’s aware of an inquiry that was made a few months ago about altering the agreement, but “it wasn’t initiated by us.”
“It’s been our intent to play it,” Osborne said. “We’re assuming that would be honored. We know nothing of the contrary.”
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