ATHENS — Georgia’s 2018 football schedule is quickly coming into the view. The Bulldogs entered into an agreement with Murray State to play a game at Sanford Stadium on Sept. 15 of that season.
UGA will pay the Racers $500,000 for the trouble. That’s according to the terms outlined in a contract turned over to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Thursday in compliance with an open records request. The contract was signed by Murray State Athletic Director Allen Ward on March 7 and by UGA AD Greg McGarity on March 28.
Also included in documents was the contract for the recent agreement between Georgia and the University of Massachusetts to play a football game on Nov. 17 of 2018. It revealed that UGA will pay the FBS team $1.5 million to come to Athens for that game. The Bulldogs released the news of the addition through its sports communication office but did not include the contract terms.
Georgia actually scheduled three games with UMass, including a home-and-home with the basketball teams to begin in Amherst, Mass., during the 2017-18 season. There is no mention of the basketball series in the five-page contract signed by McGarity on April 12.
Murray State is an FCS program (formerly known as I-AA). The Racers went 3-8 last season under first-year coach Mitch Stewart. They were previously coached by Chris Hatcher, who left after the 2014 season to coach at Samford.
With Murray State’s addition, there are now four dates set for the 2018 football season: Sept. 15 versus the Racers, Oct. 27 versus Florida in Jacksonville, Nov. 17 versus UMass and Nov. 24 at home against Georgia Tech. The Bulldogs are scheduled to play SEC teams Auburn, Tennessee and Vanderbilt at home that season and Kentucky, Missouri, South Carolina and LSU away, but dates have not been set.