Is Georgia on the verge of adding a high-profile nonconference game to its upcoming football schedule?
Georgia athletic director Greg McGarity wasn‚Äôt saying on Thursday when he was asked if the Bulldogs were lining up a game with Boise State.
‚ÄúI just can‚Äôt comment,‚Äù McGarity said.
The matchup could come at the Georgia Dome in 2011 in Atlanta in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game .
‚ÄúHypothetically, no comment,‚Äù Georgia coach Mark Richt said when asked after practice Thursday about a Boise State game in the dome. Richt said he was told not to comment about the game.
Boise State already has a scheduled game at Ole Miss on Sept. 3, 2011. Ole Miss is paying $900,000 for the game.
Ole Miss athletic director Pete Boone tweeted Thursday morning that the school would ‚Äúhave a big football schedule announcement today.‚Äù He later posted: ‚ÄúSorry about the delay announcing football‚Äôs future schedule. A lot of moving parts and ESPN has a few loose ends.‚Äù
McGarity said he has talked to ESPN about scheduling possible games, but said he‚Äôs done that for years.
Gary Stokan, president of the Chick-fil-A Bowl and Kickoff Game, told the Newport News Daily Press earlier this month that the 2011 Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game has not yet been announced. Stokan could not be reached for comment Thursday night. He has spoken to Georgia about playing in the game in the past.
Alabama played in the game in 2008 and 2009. LSU and North Carolina played this season. Tennessee is scheduled to play N.C. State in the game in 2012 and Auburn is slated to play Clemson also that year in an additional game.
Richt was asked about the impact of other SEC teams playing in the game.
‚ÄúI‚Äôll tell you Monday,‚Äù Richt said, foreshadowing a possible announcement.
Richt attended the 2008 kickoff game in Atlanta between Alabama and Clemson because his son Jon was on the Tigers at the time.
The North Carolina-LSU kickoff game this year reportedly had an estimated payout of $3.8 million split between both teams.
Georgia is scheduled to open the 2011 season against Louisville in Sanford Stadium on Sept. 3 and play at Louisville on Sept. 15, 2012.
There is a cancellation fee of $600,000 per game–$1.2 million total–unless it is agreed upon by mutual consent, according to the contract agreed upon in December, 2005.
Asked if Louisville was still on the schedule, McGarity said: ‚ÄúRight now, yes.‚Äù
Georgia already cancelled a series with Oregon scheduled for 2015-16.
Georgia opened the 2005 season with a 48-13 win over Boise State.
Boise State is currently undefeated and ranked No. 3 in the nation.
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