UTSA to back out of next season’s game

By The Mercury

Kansas State athletic director John Currie said Friday morning through his regular letter to fans that UT-San Antonio intends to opt out of its scheduled football game with the Wildcats next season.

UTSA will have to pay a cancellation fee of $500,000, unless K-State chooses to opt out of the 2015 game in San Antonio.

Currie said the challenging part of making schedule changes this late is that there aren’t many available opponents for K-State’s third non-conference game next season.

“Football scheduling is a complex affair,” Currie wrote. “Generally, all institutions want the same thing — home games. Over the last 10 years the number of teams willing to travel without requiring a return game to their stadium has plummeted.

“We were glad to get the original UTSA deal done in March 2010 because it provided us two FBS games in MHK and one game in San Antonio.”

Next season’s non-conference slate now includes games against FCS program Stephen F. Austin on Aug. 30 and the return trip by Auburn on Sept. 20 — with the Wildcats still needing to find one more game.

It’s always K-State’s goal to play at least seven home games each season.

“In ‘odd’ years (2013, 2015, etc.), we play five Big 12 games at home and four on the road,” Currie wrote.
“ In ‘even’ years (2012, 2014, etc.), we flip that with four at home and five on the road.

“Thus, in ‘even’ years we strive to have all three of our non-conference games at home. In ‘odd’ years we want two of our non-conference games at home (to couple with the five home Big 12 games).”

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