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Closer Look at OSU-Georgia Football Series That Never Was

By Brandon Castel

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The-Ozone has learned that Ohio State’s home-and-home football series with Georgia was never actually finalized before the Buckeyes pulled out of the agreement, which would have had the two teams meeting in during the 2020-21 seasons.

According to an Ohio State spokesperson, there was no actual date or contract agreement with the University of Georgia to play football during the 2020 and 2021 seasons.

The two schools had simply signed a “memorandum of understanding” back in 2010, which was ultimately an agreement to try and arrange a home-and-home series in those years.

No dates, times or locations were ever agreed upon, and the agreement itself would become null and void if dates to play were not reached by June 30, 2012.

Ohio State and Georgia both confirmed that it was OSU athletic director Gene Smith who sent a letter to the University of Georgia in May. This letter was Ohio State’s official notice that it would not be able to confirm dates in those years, thus ending the discussion on a football series between the two schools.

“They couldn’t make it happen due to the Pac 12-Big Ten football schedule deal,” Georgia athletic director Greg McGarity said on Thursday.

“And we understood.”

A year ago, it was announced the Big Ten had entered into a scheduling arrangement with the Pac-12 to play a series of regular-season inter-conference matchups beginning with 2017 football season.

The two conferences will play 12 annual inter-conference matchups, and Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany said the games will likely be played in the second, third and fourth weeks of the season.

There is no cancellation penalty for Ohio State, since the two schools only had a letter of understanding that was signed in December 2010, and not an official contract.

The agreement became void when the two sides could not reach a scheduling agreement by this month.

Game Cancelled

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