Scheduling news: Georgia agrees to play FCS school in 2020

Georgia athletics director Greg McGarity.

ATHENS – The Georgia football team has agreed to host East Tennessee State in 2020, according to a memorandum of understanding that was signed earlier this year.

East Tennessee State will be paid $550,000 for the game. The day of the game is to be decided, and due to be finalized by Dec. 1, 2018.

The memorandum shows that East Tennessee’s athletics director signed the memo in May – UGA athletics director Greg McGarity’s signature is undated – but the memo was not released until Friday. It was in response to a request for scheduling contracts made by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution on July 18. UGA is using the full 90 days the state legislature gave it to respond to athletics-related requests, starting in July.

Friday’s release from UGA’s Open Records Office also included three basketball game contracts, all for this season, including one that’s already been played.

One was for an exhibition game against Fort Valley State, which was played last week. UGA paid Fort Valley State $5,000 for the trip. That contract was signed in June by Fort Valley State’s athletics director.

The other two are non-conference games that have already been announced: The Dec. 14 game against Louisiana Lafayette and the Dec. 17 game against Charleston Southern. Both schools are receiving $90,000 each from UGA. Those contracts were signed May 30 and July 7, respectively.

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