Ohio State Cancels 2020-21 Football Series with Georgia
By Brandon Castel
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio State and Georgia have canceled their home-and-home football series for the 2020-21 seasons, a University of Georgia spokesperson confirmed to The-Ozone late Thursday evening.
The two schools had signed a “memorandum of understanding” to play the home-and-home series back in 2010, but the dates had yet to be determined. The Bulldogs were looking for a two-game series with a powerhouse program from the Midwest — either Ohio State, Penn State, Michigan or Notre Dame.
Both Michigan and Notre Dame declined interest, and now the Buckeyes have decided to exercise their right to cancel the games without financial penalty. According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, it was Ohio State who recently informed Georgia they could no longer commit to the series.
“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.”
It was McGarity who originally agreed to the series with Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith. Since that agreement was made back in 2010, the Big Ten has 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 Buckeyes are already scheduled to play a game against Oklahoma in Columbus during the 2017 season, as well as a trip to Chapel Hill for the second leg of a home-and-home series with the University of North Carolina.
It was back in Nov., 2011 that Ohio State cancelled a similar home-and-home series with Tennessee, another SEC school. The Buckeyes were scheduled to play a two-game series with the Volunteers in 2018-19, but the Big Ten had decided at the time to add a ninth conference game starting in 2017.
Instead, they have formed an even tighter alliance with one of their closest allies.
The Big Ten and the Pac-12 conferences have been partners in college athletics for years, culminating in their annual meeting at the Rose Bowl out in Pasadena, Calif. Now the two conferences will play 12 annual inter-conference matchups, beginning in 2017 — sooner if possible.
According to Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany, the games will most likely be played in the second, third and fourth weeks of the season. They will be in place of a nine-game conference schedule in the Big Ten.
The Buckeyes are not expected to begin play in the new Big Ten/Pac-12 scheduling agreement until 2018, likely because of their previous agreements with Oklahoma and North Carolina for the 2017 season.
The only nonconference game currently on Ohio State’s schedule for 2018 is Cincinnati on Sept. 8 in Columbus.
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