When Auburn released its 2013 football schedule, Jacksonville State noticed something about the October 19 date; their name had been removed.
On April 20, 2011, JSU and Auburn signed a contract to play each other on October 19, 2013 in Jordan-Hare Stadium, a contract that was thought to be valid until October 18, 2012. Jacksonville State has been replaced by Texas A&M as Auburn’s opponent.
The schools worked together to find a common free date to play each other. Their efforts proved fruitless as the game was cancelled on Monday.
“Our intent was to play Jacksonville State in 2013 and we worked very hard to resolve the scheduling issue but unfortunately we were unable to,” said Auburn Athletic Director Jay Jacobs.
JSU Athletic Director Warren Koegel remains optimistic about scheduling Auburn in the Near future. “I realize this is an important game to our coaches, players, fans and alumni, and we look forward to locking down a date as soon as possible,” said Koegel.
The first available date the schools can play each other is in 2016.
Auburn is still responsible for the $500,000 guaranteed to JSU in the contract. That sum must be paid by March 1, 2014.
While it was still a financial gain for JSU, the loss of the Auburn game leaves JSU in need of two games for the 2013 season.
In 2013 and 2014, the calendar allows for FCS schools to play 12 games. JSU only has 10 scheduled for 2013 as of Monday.
Warren Koegel would love to play everybody in the state of Alabama. According to him, there are some in-state schools who have indicated they don’t have an interest in playing JSU.
“We have a chance to maybe fill one of those fairly early,” said Koegel. “We might be able to get it all done in a couple of weeks; that would be nice.”