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Texas opts out of 3-game football series with USF

But the Bulls will still play one game in Austin in 2020
USF second-year athletic director Michael Kelly has negotiated an amendment with Texas for the Bulls to play a 2020 game in Austin for $1.9 million. [BRONTE WITTPENN | Times]
USF second-year athletic director Michael Kelly has negotiated an amendment with Texas for the Bulls to play a 2020 game in Austin for $1.9 million. [BRONTE WITTPENN | Times]
Published May 10, 2019
Updated May 10, 2019

The University of Texas has opted to end its two-for-one football series with USF, though the Bulls will hardly come away empty-handed.

Second-year Bulls athletic director Michael Kelly, who wasn’t on board when the three-game contract was signed in 2014, has negotiated an amendment for the Bulls to still play one game in Austin ― on Sept. 5, 2020 ― that will pay USF $1.9 million.

It’s the largest single-game cash guarantee in USF history.

“We’re disappointed to not have the game here,” Kelly said Friday, “but feel that we’ve negotiated a good compromise.”

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Friday’s news coincided with Longhorns’ announcement of a number of additions/revisions to their future schedules, including a home-and-home series with Florida in 2030 and ’31.

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The initial deal, negotiated by former USF athletic director Mark Harlan, called for USF to play in Austin in ’20 and ’24, with the Longhorns coming to Tampa on Sept. 3, 2022.

But since then, Texas has hired a new AD (Chris Del Conte) and football coach (Tom Herman). The school approached Kelly about its desire to end the three-game deal earlier this year.

Kelly said he’s “open-minded” in terms of seeking opponents to fill the Bulls’ sudden non-conference vacancies in ’22 and ’24, but added he’ll aggressively pursue other Power Five opposition.

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Florida Gators wide receiver Trevon Grimes (8) catches the ball near the end zone in the third quarter in a game against LSU at Steve Spurrier-Florida Field at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium at the University of Florida in Gainesville on Saturday, October 6, 2018.
  3. USF defensive back Mike Hampton (7), returning an interception during the 2018 season opener, will help lead the Bulls through what could be the American Athletic Conference's toughest schedule in 2020.
  4. USF wide receiver Randall St. Felix (84) and the Bulls have only one open date in the 2020 season. USF's complete 2020 schedule was finalized Tuesday.
  5. Former USF coach Charlie Strong (left), greeting Alabama coach Nick Saban at a 2017 summer football camp on the Bulls campus, reportedly has joined Saban's staff in an analyst role.
  6. Connecticut's Megan Walker, left, drives past USF's Shae Leverett during the second half of the Huskies' 67-47 triumph Sunday at the Yuengling Center. (AP Photo/Mike Carlson)
  7. Connecticut coach Geno Auriemma brings his team to the Yuengling Center for the final time as an American Athletic Conference member today.
  8. USF coach Brian Gregory, pacing the sideline during a January game at the Yuengling Center, watched his team score only 11 first-half points in Saturday's 56-48 loss to Tulsa. [OCTAVIO JONES | TAMPA BAY TIMES]
  9. USF interim coach Jess Moore watches her team from the dugout on the opening day of the St. Pete/Clearwater Elite Invitational at Eddie C. Moore Complex in Clearwater.
  10. Florida quarterback Kyle Trask (11) reacts after scoring a touchdown during the second half of the Orange Bowl against Virginia on Dec. 30 in Miami Gardens.
  11. Bishop McLaughlin alumnus Carson Ragsdale, a clutch reliever for USF two seasons ago, returns after missing a season due to Tommy John surgery.
  12. Former USF quarterbacks B.J. Daniels, left, and Quinton Flowers, right, could square off when Seattle plays host to Tampa Bay in an XFL game Saturday.