NU-Southern Miss game could be in K.C. next season

2012-11-06T16:15:00Z 2012-11-08T19:42:04Z NU-Southern Miss game could be in K.C. next seasonBy STEVEN M. SIPPLE / Lincoln Journal Star JournalStar.com

Nebraska is "exploring the possibility" of playing Southern Miss next season at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Mo., Husker athletic director Tom Osborne said Tuesday.

"I've had a preliminary conversation with somebody from the Chiefs," Osborne said.

As recently as June, it appeared Southern Miss would move its 2013 home game against Nebraska to New Orleans' Superdome.

"It was really at the request of Southern Miss that we took a look at the Chiefs as well," Osborne said. "So I don't know how it's all going to play out. We have to get the financial details ironed out.

"We don't know for sure where that game's going to be played, whether it's New Orleans, Kansas City or even Hattiesburg (Miss.)."

Southern Miss officials said in March that the school could make between $1.2 million and $1.5 million after expenses if the game were played in the Superdome (capacity 70,000) as opposed to M.M. Roberts Stadium (36,000) in Hattiesburg.

Southern Miss is 0-9 this season, including a 49-20 loss to Nebraska to open the season. The Southern Miss athletic department is reportedly deeply in the red.

Meanwhile, Osborne said Nebraska has "agreed in principle" to play Oklahoma in a home-and-home series. The first game probably would be played in Norman, Okla., in 2021 — the 50th anniversary of the 1971 "Game of the Century," played in Norman. The 2022 game would be in Lincoln.

"We don't have the final contract signed," Osborne said. "But it appears to be something that's going to happen.

"I feel good about it. I think Nebraska fans and Oklahoma fans miss that rivalry. I know (OU athletic director) Joe Castiglione has been very interested in having some relationship with Nebraska. We'll do whatever we can to make sure it happens."

Reach Steven M. Sipple at 402-473-7440 or ssipple@journalstar.com.

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