Southern Miss moves 2013 Nebraska game to Lincoln, will get $2.1 million

By Kevin Kelley -
Nebraska-Southern Miss

Southern Miss will now play at Nebraska in 2013. Bruce Thorson-US PRESSWIRE

Southern Miss and Nebraska have been going back and forth over where to play their 2013 contest, which was originally slated for Hattiesburg on Sept. 7.

First the game was rumored to be played at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, and then later Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City was mentioned.

A third possibility was having the Cornhuskers host the game in Lincoln, according to Nebraska AD Tom Osborne.

“It’s pretty much at Southern Miss’ discretion as to where we play this game,” Osborne said earlier this month. “It’s still not finalized, but we have had some discussions (about playing in Lincoln).”

Lincoln it is, as Deadspin has reported today that Southern Miss will in fact play at Nebraska and will receive $2,125,000 for the game. The contract reads as follows:

The location for the game shall be changed from M.M. Roberts Stadium in Hattiesburg, MS to Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, NE.

The visiting team (the University of Southern Mississippi) shall be paid a flat dollar guarantee of $2,125,000,00.

Nebraska and Southern Miss signed a three-game deal back in 2008, so the above acts as an amendment to that contract. The first game of the series was played earlier this year on Sept. 1. Nebraska won 49-20. The third and final game is scheduled for Sept. 26, 2015.

There is, however, something interesting about the movement of this game and the $2,125,000 payment. The dollar amount is very close to the buyout for Southern Miss head coach Ellis Johnson, who was fired on Tuesday after going 0-12 in his first and only season.

And Deadspin also reported that an audit earlier this year revealed that the USM athletic department had a deficit of $1.27 million. That coupled with Johnson’s buyout is what eventually led the Golden Eagles to sell the 2013 game back to Nebraska.

Southern Miss will now play consecutive road games in 2013 at Nebraska on Sept. 7 and at Arkansas on Sept. 14. USM will reportedly receive around $900,000 for playing the Razorbacks.

The Golden Eagles also visit Boise State on Sept. 28 and have one non-conference slot available.

Nebraska will now start the 2013 season with four consecutive home non-conference games: Wyoming (Aug. 31), Southern Miss (Sept. 7), UCLA (Sept. 14), and South Dakota State (Sept. 21). After an open date on Sept. 28, the Cornhuskers kick off their Big Ten slate at home vs. Illinois. They won’t play a road game until Oct. 12 at Purdue.

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8 Comments to Southern Miss moves 2013 Nebraska game to Lincoln, will get $2.1 million

  1. greg6363 said....

    I was wondering how they were going to afford that buyout. What a convenient turn of events.

    November 29, 2012 at 3:15 pm
  2. Cal said....

    what will this be? 9 home games and 3 on the road for the Huskers. Why is a limit of 7 road/7 home not imposed?

    November 29, 2012 at 4:01 pm
  3. Don Davis said....

    Good for big red, anyhow all Big Ten teams play 8 home 4 away

    November 29, 2012 at 6:10 pm
  4. Bill said....

    Don you are wrong. The conference breaks out to 4h and 4r, and most teams have either 3 non-cons at home. 4 is quite rare. OSU will do it in 2013 though,

    November 29, 2012 at 8:37 pm
  5. reader said....

    cool for Nebraska to have home field advantage, but there are husker fans that wait for these games played in the southeast region of the country and they come around sometimes like virgina tech(basicallythe southeast), wake forest and a bowl game, its such a treat for the fans that have moved from the state or are just fans to have the opportunity to see them in their region, too bad they didnt play this game in the southeast.

    January 2, 2013 at 5:30 pm
    • John said....

      I agree with reader. I live in Bama and have been looking forward to this game for a long time and now they are not coming. It really sucks. Oh well

      May 1, 2013 at 8:36 am

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