Georgia and Oregon agree to cancel football series

Georgia and Oregon are scrapping their home-and-home football series slated for 2015 and 2016, according to Georgia athletic director Greg McGarity.

“That is basically a done deal,” McGarity said today. “There’s a mutual agreement that both schools will not play the series.”

The cancellation is a move away from Georgia’s philosophy under former athletic director Damon Evans of scheduling high-profile nonconference games in other regions of the country.

Georgia plays at Colorado Saturday, the return game from a 2006 meeting in Athens.

McGarity talked with new Oregon athletic director Rob Mullens, the former deputy athletic director at Kentucky. Oregon is preparing for a new Pac-10 schedule because of conference expansion, McGarity said.

The schools had signed a contract on March 2, 2006 that could be terminated by mutual agreement by both schools.

Georgia was to play Oregon on Sept. 5, 2015 and the Ducks would have played in Athens on Sept. 10, 2016.

“We think we’re going a long way this week, try Eugene, Ore.,” McGarity said. “That’s even further. It’s not a lot of fun when you see the itinerary when you get back into Athens at 6 a.m. on Sunday morning like will be the situation this Sunday.”

Georgia played at Arizona State in 2008 and Oklahoma State in 2009 as part of home-and-home series with those schools.

The Bulldogs still have games scheduled against Louisville in 20011-12 and Clemson in 2013-14. The Bulldogs annually play Georgia Tech.

“The model that we would establish in the future would have seven home games every year,” McGarity said. “If you look at the models of other schools that have played for the (BCS) championship lately, there’s always one tough nonconference game.”