A two-game series between LSU and TCU will reportedly morph into one neutral site game at the beginning of the 2013 season.
Per the Ft. Worth Star-Telegram, both sides have agreed to scrap a home-and-home for the 2013 and ’14 seasons for an appearance in the annual Cowboys Stadium Classic in Arlington.
LSU associate athletic director Verge Ausberry confirmed to the New Orleans Times-Picayne later on Friday that the two sides were working toward a season opener at Cowboys Stadium.
“We’re negotiating toward a game with TCU in Cowboys Stadium but we have nailed it down yet,” said Ausberrry. “It’s going to be a one-game deal, but we’re also looking at doing something with TCU in 2014. We don’t know where yet.”
As the paper points out, scheduling and payout likely played big roles in the reported alteration of the contract. According to the Sports Business Journal, LSU earned $3.5 million from its 2011 game against Oregon in Cowboys Stadium, while TCU banked approximately $1 million to play Oregon State at the NFL stadium in 2010.
It’s easy to see why the modification would be made. The stadium is just a short drive from TCU and LSU has traveled well to the DFW metroplex. With the payout that would come with it, it’s almost a no-brainer.