Clemson and Georgia have added some financial bite to their agreement to carry on with their home-and-home football series in 2013 and 2014, regardless of the ramifications of conference expansion-related issues.
The Athens Banner-Herald is reporting that the two schools have signed an addendum to the original contract significantly increasing the mutual cancellation fee.
According to the Banner-Herald report:
'It would cost either school $3 million if they bailed out of one of the scheduled games, an increase of $2.5 million from the $500,000 fee in the original contract, according to an addendum to the game contract obtained by the Athens Banner-Herald in an open records request.
'Both schools committed to keeping the games even with the Atlantic Coast Conference planning to increase the number of league games its teams play to nine.
'Clemson athletic director Terry Don Phillips wrote in a letter to Georgia athletic director Greg McGarity on April 17 that serves as an addendum to the game contract that “despite conference realignment and the expected increase in conference games required by the Atlantic Coast Conference, we are both committed to maintaining the football series between Clemson Universiy and the University of Georgia to play football in 2013 and 2014. To further solidify that commitment and protect either institution from the loss of revenue should either game within that series be cancelled without mutual consent, we have agreed to amend section 15 of the contract agreement and set the cancellation fee at $3,000,000.” Both athletic directors have signed the addendum.'
Clemson will play host to Georgia to kick off the 2013 season, while the Tigers will play at Athens in 2014.
All signs point to new ACC members Syracuse and Pittsburgh coming on board for the 2013 football season, at which time the ACC will move to a nine-game conference schedule.
The expanded SEC has so far retained its eight-game conference schedule format.