Back in 2011, the BYU Cougars and the Southern Miss Golden Eagles signed an agreement for a home-and-home football series to be played in Provo in 2014 and in Hattiesburg in 2015.
But in November, Southern Miss announced their 2014 non-conference schedule, minus the BYU game, and stated that they will “push that game back to a later date.”
That later date is now 2016. Per a copy of an addendum to the contract, Southern Miss will travel to face BYU in Provo on November 19, 2016.
The addendum, obtained from the University of Southern Mississippi via an open records request, was signed by BYU Director of Athletics Tom Holmoe and USM Director of Athletics Bill McGillis last October. The contract still calls for a $1 million fee if either team cancels.
With the addition of Southern Miss, BYU now has seven games scheduled for the 2016 season. The Cougars open against Arizona at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale and also face West Virginia at FedEx Field in Landover, MD.
Road games for BYU in 2016 include Utah, Boise State, and Cincinnati. The only other home game currently known for 2016 is the season finale against Utah State.
Southern Miss currently only has one other game scheduled for 2016 — a trip to LSU. However, the game was slated for Sept. 3 and LSU has since scheduled a game against Wisconsin at Lambeau Field on the same date.
A new date for Southern Miss-LSU still hasn’t been set. USM is set to receive $950,000 for the game, and there is a $500,000 fee if the game is canceled.
The Golden Eagles were previously set to host Western Kentucky in the second game of a home-and-home series, but the Hilltoppers are joining Conference USA this season.