Update (1/25/2014): The Georgia Tech-Tulane series is back on.
Tulane has canceled a four-game, home-and-home football series against Georgia Tech, the Yellow Jackets announced late Friday.
The two teams were scheduled to meet this season in New Orleans on Sept. 6. However, construction on Tulane’s new football facility, Yulman Stadium, is ongoing and may not be completed until around Oct. 1.
Tulane had been mulling their scheduling possibilities, which included pushing back their home opener against Southeastern Louisiana on Aug. 30 and their game vs. Georgia Tech on Sept. 6.
“Our first two games are scheduled home games. I would tell you that that is right in that 7- to 10-day period where we believe we’ll be in there, so we are looking for some flexibility both from those schools but also the conference,” Tulane athletic director Rick Dickson said.
Georgia Tech just announced their 2014 football schedule on Wednesday. Since Tulane was unable to move that game against the Yellow Jackets, they opted out of the entire contract, which also included a game in Sept. 7, 2019 at New Orleans and games in Atlanta on Sept. 12, 2015 and Sept. 8, 2018.
“We are extremely disappointed that Tulane has decided to cancel the four-game series with Georgia Tech, beginning with our game in New Orleans next fall,” Yellow Jacket senior associate athletic director Ryan Bamford said. “The timing of Tulane’s decision (after the ACC schedule was released earlier this week) is especially tough for us.”
“While this news comes very late in the scheduling calendar, we will do everything in our power to get a quality replacement for the upcoming season.”
According to a copy of the contract we obtained last year, Tulane will have to pay Georgia Tech a $300,000 cancellation fee.