Clemson athletics director Terry Don Phillips expects the Tigers to play their home-and-home football series against Georgia, he told 790 The Zone today.
Comments made last week by both Phillips and Georgia athletics director Greg McGarity seemed to indicate that the future series might by cancelled. Clemson needs to pare down their non-conference slate due to expansion of the ACC schedule.
Here are some excerpts of the discussion between Phillips and Tony Barnhart today on 790:
TDP: “One of the issues we’re grappling with is our non-conference schedule…we always want to play two SEC teams. Of course, obviously South Carolina, our rival, and another team from the SEC. Or if it’s not from the SEC…we’ve got Oklahoma State from the Big 12 that’s coming on…and our fans want to see those kind of games.”
Barnhart: “We know that you, with the nine-game schedule coming in, some years you’ll have four at home and five on the road. You’re talking to Georgia and trying to figure out whether that home-and-home you’ve got scheduled down the road makes sense for you.”
TDP: “Well absolutely, and we’ve got to make it fit somehow. But Georgia is such a terrific game that we all want to play, our coaches want to play, and our fans want to play. And that’s a game that is paramount that we work that out.
Barnhart: “So you feel confident that you’ll be able to keep that home-and-home, you may have to move it around, but you feel confident you’ll be able to keep it?
TDP: “Absolutely. We intend to do that and we’ve had good conversations with Greg and Georgia, and so, we…that’s one of those things we just believe very strongly that we’ve got to work out.”
So there you have it. Clemson and Georgia will “absolutely” play their home-and-home football series. The question now is, when?
Clemson will still have to cancel one game in 2013 and 2014. We’ll see if they keep the two scheduled dates (8/31/13 at Clemson; 8/30/14 at Georgia) or move one or both of the games to a future date.