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NU's settlement with Akron after cancellation includes game in 2025

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Akron vs. Nebraska, college football, 9.1.18

Butch Hug, Nebraska's associate AD for events, signals to the referee after lightning was reported in the area just after kickoff of the Nebraska-Akron game Saturday at Memorial Stadium.

Nebraska and Akron have reached an agreement after their scheduled game on Sept. 1 was cancelled due to weather.

The schools will play on Sept. 6, 2025, at Memorial Stadium and Nebraska will pay more than half of the original guarantee for this fall's game, NU announced Monday afternoon.

Here's how it will work: Nebraska is paying Akron $650,000 of the original $1.17 million guarantee for the game that was scuttled due to lightning. Then, the teams will meet in 2025 with NU paying a $1.45 million guarantee.

“We are pleased to finalize an agreement with Akron that is beneficial for both institutions,” NU athletic director Bill Moos said in a statement. “We have had good dialogue with Akron during this process and are appreciative of the cooperation and patience from everyone involved. We look forward to Akron making a return trip to Memorial Stadium in 2025.”

Moos on his Sports Nightly radio program said the $650,000 more than covered Akron's travel expenses and felt like it was a fair proportion of the total to pay out. 

The canceled game was slated to be Scott Frost's debut at Nebraska, but a lightning storm delayed the game — after only a kickoff — for more than three hours past the 7 p.m. start time. When it was finally canceled, the teams discussed playing Sunday morning but could not agree on arrangements.

The Huskers ended up paying FCS Bethune-Cookman $800,000 to play on Oct. 27, which otherwise would have been NU's open date.

The 2025 game between the Huskers and Zips will be NU's second of the season. They are set to open at Illinois on Aug. 30 that year.

The Huskers now have a full schedule for each season through 2022 and one nonconference opening remaining each in 2023, 2024 and 2025. 

Briefly

* Moos on his monthly radio show had glowing reviews for the Nebraska volleyball team. 

"This is what we want to move toward with all of our programs and that is to compete year in and year out for championships," Moos said. "John (Cook) has done that. … "It's fun and really exciting to watch him coach and watch those players play and we've got a lot more of it coming down the road." 

Moos also was complimentary both of the work that men's basketball team is doing this season and also in Darin Erstad's baseball program. 

* Moos said the athletic department is reviewing and plans on adjusting how spring game tickets are sold in order to help cut down on the number that end up being sold by third parties. The spring game is slated for April 13. 

[ PHOTOS: Frost and lightning at rain-besieged Husker opener ]

Contact the writer at pgabriel@journalstar.com or 402-473-7439. On Twitter @HuskerExtraPG.

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