MEMPHIS‚ÄîGeorgia and Ohio State have signed a ‚Äúmemorandum of understanding‚Äù for a home-and-home football series in 2020 and 2021, Bulldogs athletic director Greg McGarity said today.
The traditional powers will play in the first couple of weeks of those seasons.
‚ÄúI know that‚Äôs a long time away, but the bottom line is you‚Äôve got to have some of those things in place,‚Äù McGarity said. ‚ÄúI think those are the kind of games you‚Äôd like to schedule periodically.‚Äù
McGarity would like Georgia to play seven home games every season, but also wants to schedule a ‚Äúbig-time, traditional opponent,‚Äù every eight to 10 years.
Georgia and Clemson are already scheduled to play in 2013-14.
‚ÄúOur fans kind of like that and I think our players do too, but not every year,‚Äù McGarity said.
McGarity said Michigan and Notre Dame were not interested in feelers sent out by Georgia.
Georgia and Ohio State have played once before in the 1993 Citrus Bowl. Georgia won that game, 21-14.
McGarity said it has yet to be determined if the first game will be in Athens or Columbus.
McGarity said this matchup is more attractive than the cancelled series with Oregon because fans could drive to Columbus.
‚ÄúI think it‚Äôs pretty exciting to be able to go there,‚Äù McGarity said. ‚ÄúWe‚Äôve never played in Columbus.
McGarity said he talked to coach Mark Richt about possibly scheduling an opponent like Ohio State months ago and ‚Äúhe‚Äôs all for it.‚Äù
‚ÄúI think it‚Äôs something you can look forward to, any eight year olds out there looking forward to playing in the game,‚Äù McGarity said. ‚ÄúIt‚Äôs a long time away. I think those are the things that are important to your program.‚Äù
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