UGA is still beefing up its future football schedule.
In an indirect way, UGA got some help on Tuesday: The Bulldogs and Indiana State have mutually agreed to cancel their 2023 game in Athens, Ga., per OnlineAthens.com’s Marc Weiszer.
But it appears that it was the other team that wanted out. Indiana State is an FCS program, and it recently announced a 2023 game with in-state power Indiana University. That led to a conversation with UGA.
“I approached Georgia Athletics about canceling the game, because of the opportunity to play a Power Five school in state, which fiscally put us in a better place,” Indiana State athletics director Sherard Clinkscales told the website.
Per Wieszer, there was a $500,000 buyout for the game for UGA, but the Bulldogs won’t have to pay it because both teams agreed to cancel it.
UGA’s 2023 schedule is a hot topic, as The Athletic recently reported that the Bulldogs were in “deep talks” with Oklahoma, and a future game could be announced soon. However, UGA athletics director Greg McGarity recently told DawgNation’s Mike Griffith that “none of our conversations with (with Oklahoma) would be considered ‘deep talks.’”
Griffith’s opinion on Tuesday’s news: So the takeaway is that Indiana State cancelling opens up the possibility of more potential Power 5 teams — one more date available to make it work