A 2016 matchup between the Tulane and Mississippi State football teams has been cancelled, according to officials on both sides.
HailState.com, the official website of MSU athletics, wrote on Monday morning that Tulane decided to cancel the final installment of a seven-game contract, which was expected to take place in Starkville, Miss. on Sept. 24, 2016. The Jackson Clarion-Ledger then reported Tulane owes MSU $350,000 for breaching the contract signed between the two schools in the late-1990s.
Tulane confirmed the game has, in fact, been cancelled and executive athletic director Brandon MacNeill said it was a casualty of schedule engineering as the Green Wave work to piece together the program’s future schedules. The opening allows Tulane to start a series with a new opponent, but MacNeill said nothing has been signed at this time.
The 2016 schedule currently includes a contest at Wake Forest and a home game against Louisiana-Lafayette, part of longstanding agreements. Traditionally, the Green Wave has also hosted an FCS opponent (on a one-game contract) in the early weeks of the season as part of its four non-conference games.
There are various other contracts waiting as well, with home and road games still lined up against Duke, Georgia Tech, Wake Forest, Army and Ole Miss.
The Green Wave had a similar issue last season, when Georgia Tech announced Tulane had cancelled its four-game series between the two schools. However, the dispute was resolved later that day when the two sides came to an agreement to save to series, and the Yellow Jackets opened Yulman Stadium by beating Tulane 38-21.
This situation will not be resolved with an extended series against Mississippi State. Instead, Tulane will now seek out a new non-conference opponent for the 2016 season.