Nebraska and Southern Miss were set to play in Hattiesburg, Miss., in 2013 as part of a 2-for-1 series. But, thanks to the university’s decision to fire coach Ellis Johnson after one season, all three games in the series will be played in Lincoln.
That’s the way it appears, anyway. The 2013 game between the Nebraska and USM has been moved to Lincoln.
Deadspin.com reported earlier today that Southern Miss would receive just over $2.1 million in a guaranteed payout for playing in Lincoln next season on Sept. 7. And it just so happens that Johnson’s buyout is reportedly $2.1 million. Interesting how that works.
Nebraska will play eight home games next season, including the first five, as a result of the move. Southern Miss will forfeit a home game in the name of moving past a rough 2012 season.