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Missouri puts intriguing clause in Middle Tennessee football contract

Kansas running back Deshaun Sands was flipped off of his feet for a loss by Missouri defensive end Aldon Smith during a 2010 game at Arrowhead Stadium.
Kansas running back Deshaun Sands was flipped off of his feet for a loss by Missouri defensive end Aldon Smith during a 2010 game at Arrowhead Stadium. skeyser@kcstar.com

Missouri will pay $1.625 million in 2016 for home football games against Delaware State and Middle Tennessee State, according to documents obtained by The Star.

Perhaps of greater interest, there is clause in the three-game contract with Middle Tennessee State that allows MU to reschedule the Sept. 9, 2022, road game “for the sole purpose of scheduling a nonconference home and home series that same year with a Big 12 institution.”

There is no indication if Missouri has a team in mind or what team that might be. Kansas has opposed scheduling Missouri in nonconference competition since the Tigers left the Big 12 for the Southeastern Conference in 2012.

Under terms of the clause, Missouri’s game in Murfreesboro, Tenn., could be pushed back as late as the 2025 season. The game would not be played during the 2023 season as the Blue Raiders are on the schedule for a Sept. 9 game in Columbia that season.

Missouri must inform Middle Tennessee State by July 1, 2016, if such a change will occur.

The Tigers agreed to pay the Blue Raiders $1.1 million guarantee for a game at Memorial Stadium on Oct. 22, 2016. The road team will receive $200,000 for the subsequent games.

Missouri will pay Delaware State $525,000 guarantee for appearing in Sept. 24, 2016, at Memorial Stadium.

By comparison, the Tigers have guaranteed Southeast Missouri $385,000 for Saturday’s game and $425,000 for a 2019 game.

Missouri State will receive a $400,000 guarantee in 2017, while Idaho will receive $1.3 million for a game later that same season.

Eastern Michigan will receive a total of $2.4 million in guarantees for games at Memorial Stadium in 2016 and 2020.

The designated road team for games between Tigers and BYU will receive $250,000 for the Nov. 14 game at Arrowhead Stadium and MU’s visit to Provo, Utah, in 2020.

Missouri and West Virginia also will exchange $250,000 guarantees for the 2017 game in Morgantown, W.V., and 2019 contest in Columbia.

The Tigers are Connecticut are trading $300,000 guarantees for the Sept. 19 game at Memorial Stadium and Missouri’s 2017 appearance in Storrs, Conn.

To reach Tod Palmer, call 816-234-4389 or send email to tpalmer@kcstar.com. Follow him on Twitter: @todpalmer.

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