Georgia Tech football announced today that the upcoming series of games with Tulane University has been cancelled. The four-game series between the two schools was set to begin on Sept. 6 of this year at Tulane’s new football facility.
This announcement comes just two days after the ACC released the 2014 football schedule, and now puts Tech in a position to have to find a worthy non-conference FBS opponent to fill the spot. Tulane’s new $55 million facility, Yulman Stadium, was supposed to have been completed by week 2, but may not be completed as expected.
The schools could not come agreement on an alternate date to move the game, prompting Tulane to cancel the entire series.
“We are extremely disappointed that Tulane has decided to cancel the four-game series with Georgia Tech, beginning with our game in New Orleans next fall,” Yellow Jacket senior associate athletic director Ryan Bamford said in a prepared statement. “The timing of Tulane’s decision (after the ACC schedule was released earlier this week) is especially tough for us.”
Tulane exercised the a cancellation provision in the contract–which was signed in 2007–that included a cancellation fee of $300,000, a source told ESPN.com. The original contract had slated four games to be played in the 2014, ’15, ’18 and ’19 seasons.
Many fans were upset, not just because of losing a non-conference opponent that Tech hadn’t seen since 1982, but also because of the timing of the move. Some of Georgia Tech’s more vocal fans are already taking to social media to voice their opinions on who they would like to see the Yellow Jackets play, and what they think about Tulane’s poor planning and decision.
gah, this blows. i’d been looking forward to this game for years.
— Carter (@MagnaCarterLive) January 24, 2014
Tulane’s cancellation buyout to Georgia Tech is 100 pounds of crawfish from Commander’s Palace and 50 dozen oysters from Acme Oyster House.
— Wayne Hogan (@wayhogan) January 24, 2014
@CoachBrentKey It would be great to pick up Tulane’s games with Georgia Tech. It seems UCF/GT would be a natural rivalry.
— Terry Mobley (@tmobley9) January 24, 2014
Well since Tulane screwed up that Georgia Tech series for the years to come, UCF should pick it up @ZackLassiter
— ChrisisKingx (@Chrisiskingx) January 24, 2014
WTH, Tulane? Disappointed in waiting so late to cancel series. Was really looking forward to NO trip too. #fail
— Patrick (@GTsports_Pat) January 24, 2014
Those are just a couple of the fans who suggested the Central Florida Knights, who are led by former Yellow Jackets head coach, George O’Leary. Perhaps that would make for a great natural rivalry during those four years. Central Florida is certainly a more formidable opponent than Tulane.
The Georgia Tech athletic department is prepared to name a replacement for Tulane in the next couple of days.