The Ohio State Buckeyes and Kentucky Wildcats have swapped out non-conference soccer opponents in 2024, based on bulletins on Tuesday.
Ohio State was beforehand scheduled to host the Southern Miss Golden Eagles at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio, on Saturday, Aug. 31, 2024. In line with an announcement from each faculties, the competition has been mutually canceled.
Southern Miss was set to obtain a $1.9 million assure for the sport at Ohio State, based on a replica of the contract.
As an alternative of taking part in at Ohio State, Southern Miss will now journey to tackle the Kentucky Wildcats at Kroger Area in Lexington, Ky., on Aug. 31, 2024. Kentucky was beforehand scheduled to journey to face the Akron Zips on the identical date.
As a part of a four-team non-conference switcheroo, Akron will now journey to tackle the Ohio State Buckeyes rather than the Kentucky contest on, you guessed it, Aug. 31, 2024.
The Kentucky at Akron contest in 2024 was a part of an amended three-game soccer collection between the 2 faculties. The 2 faculties performed the primary recreation of the collection earlier this season in Lexington, with the Zips receiving a $750,000 assure for the competition, per a replica of the paperwork.
Akron was set to obtain a $750,000 assure from Kentucky for the 2024 contest in Akron in addition to an extra $550,000 for a contest in 2026 in Lexington. The present standing of the monetary ensures, together with the sport in 2026, is now in query.
On the floor, the impetus for this four-team swap seems to be that Kentucky needed out of the street contest in opposition to Akron. The three-game collection was initially scheduled again in 2017 and was supposed to start in 2021. The contract was first amended just one yr after it was signed earlier than being modified a second time in early 2021.