Penn State Football: Nittany Lions Footing $1.7 Million Bill To Host UMass And Akron
Earlier this week Fox Sports reported that Penn State will pay both Akron and Massachusetts $850,000 each to take the trip up to State College for their respective contests. Both will mark the early stages of James Franklin's first season at Penn State and an important few games to get the 2014 campaign off on the right foot.
While the price tag might seem high, it's just about average for the rest of the conference and other games in Penn State's past. The Nittany Lions dished out $850,000 to host Ohio for the first game of the Bill O'Brien era. So while the figure has been reported this week as part of a larger report on conference spending, Penn State isn't doing anything out of the ordinary. Interestingly enough, Michigan will pay Ohio $1.1 million to travel to Ann Arbor this season so it's safe to say Penn State got a better deal a few years ago.
The Nittany Lions' showdown against Temple this season was not included in the report.
You can check out both contracts in PDF form below. And if you were wondering, Penn State doesn't have to pay if the country goes to war and the game is canceled.