DESTIN, Fla. — It had the makings of a game worth circling on your calendar. If you already had a calendar for 2020 and 2021, that is.
Now it’s off.
Georgia and Ohio State have scrapped their planned home-and-home series for those years after the Big Ten school wanted out.
“The bottom line, they said they couldn’t play,” Georgia athletic director Greg McGarity said this afternoon.
The Big Ten and Pac-12 have formed a football scheduling partnership starting in 2017. Each team will play a team from the other conference in a regular season game each season.
There was no contract between Georgia and Ohio State for the games, just a letter of understanding signed in December, 2010. McGarity said there is no cancellation fee.
McGarity said he understood Ohio State’s position given the changing landscape of college football. Ohio State will have its conference games and the Pac-12 game on its schedule in 2020-21.
“I’m not upset,” he said.
Georgia is scheduled to open the 2013 and 2014 seasons against Clemson.
McGarity said he still would like to schedule attractive nonconference games periodically against BCS conference schools, but the scheduling “needs to settle down” first.
The SEC this week is grappling with completing its future conference scheduling model for 2013 and beyond at its spring meetings here.
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