The future of Georgia‚Äôs scheduled football games with Clemson in the 2013 and 2014 seasons is up in the air due to expansion in the ACC.
Athletic director Greg McGarity confirmed on Tuesday that he‚Äôs talked to Clemson athletic director Terry Don Phillips about the games.
‚ÄúI don‚Äôt think Clemson knows exactly where things stand as far as expansion but we‚Äôre just trying to see the lay of the land because we know that they‚Äôre going to expand at nine games at some point in time,‚Äù McGarity said about Pittsburgh and Syracuse joining the ACC. ‚ÄúWhen that is, we‚Äôre just trying to stay ahead of it. We‚Äôve had a few discussions on the phone about where things stand and we‚Äôre just waiting to hear back from Clemson on what their plans are in the future.‚Äù
There is a $500,000 cancellation fee unless there‚Äôs ‚Äúmutual consent,‚Äù according to the game contract.
Georgia is scheduled to play at Clemson to open the 2013 season and Clemson would play in Athens in 2014.
‚ÄúI have discussed the 2013-14 Georgia series with Athletic Director Greg McGarity.,” Phillips said in a statement put out by Clemson. “It has become a recent issue with the ACC‚Äôs decision to play a ninth conference game.¬† We want to play Georgia in 2013-14, but we also would like to continue to play seven home games each year from a budgetary standpoint. Nothing has been decided at this point and we will continue discussions with Georgia.‚Äù
McGarity said Georgia would like to play the games if the SEC remains with eight conference games.
‚ÄúWord is we‚Äôre leaning towards staying with eight games and if we stay at eight-games, sure, we‚Äôd like we‚Äôd keep it intact, but I‚Äôm not sure what that would do for a team that has nine games,‚Äù McGarity said of Clemson. ‚ÄúThey‚Äôre certainly not going to drop South Carolina.‚Äù
Indications are Georgia‚Äôs rivalry game with Auburn will remain intact under scheduling for 2013 and beyond.
‚ÄúThere‚Äôs a feeling among the group that those are important, but where that lands I‚Äôm not sure,‚Äù McGarity said.
Final SEC schedules are expected before the league‚Äôs spring meetings in late May.
“Some rivalries have been lost nationwide in expansion, and we value rivalries,‚Äù SEC commissioner Mike Slive told the Memphis Commerical Appeal. ‚ÄúProtecting rivalries is something we clearly want to do.‚Äù
–Please follow me at Twitter.com/marcweiszer