Nebraska vs. Southern Miss, 9.1.2012

Nebraska running back Ameer Abdullah (8) and the Huskers blew out the Southern Miss Golden Eagles in Lincoln earlier this season. Could those two teams meet at Memorial Stadium against next fall?

Nebraska could get an eighth home game for its 2013 football schedule.

That's because there's yet another city in the running for next season's Nebraska-Southern Miss game: Lincoln.

The Southern Miss athletic department reportedly is deep in the red and looking for ways to generate revenue. That's why it is willing to move what was originally scheduled to be a home game against Nebraska on Sept. 7, 2013, in Hattiesburg, Miss.

As recently as June, it appeared Southern Miss would move the game to New Orleans' Superdome. Then, earlier this month, Nebraska athletic director Tom Osborne said the teams were "exploring the possibility" of playing at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Mo.

More recently, however, playing the game in Lincoln became a possibility, meaning Nebraska could have eight home games next season. That would be very appealing to NU officials, in part because each home game generates $5 million-plus in revenue.

"It's pretty much at Southern Miss' discretion as to where we play this game," Osborne said Friday. "It's still not finalized, but we have had some discussions (about playing in Lincoln)."

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It's possible the game could be played in Hattiesburg, as originally scheduled, Osborne said.

The schools in September played the first game of what was to be a 2-for-1 arrangement in which they would play twice in Lincoln — a 2015 game in Lincoln also is scheduled.

If their game is moved to Lincoln next season, Nebraska wouldn't have a road game until Oct. 12, at Purdue.

Meanwhile, sources told the Journal Star that Nebraska's home-and-home series against Miami, set for 2014 and 2015, may be in jeopardy.

Nebraska remains committed to the series, Osborne said.

"As of right now, it's still on, as far as I know," he said. "We'll just have to see how that all plays out."

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


Husker columnist

Steven, a lifelong Nebraskan, newspaper enthusiast and UNL grad, joined the Journal Star in 1990 and has covered NU football since 1995.

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