National Signing Day is sometimes viewed as the beginning of the next season. But for Miami and Arkansas State, there’s one major detail they still need to figure out from 2017.
Miami was scheduled to visit Arkansas State on Sept. 9, but the game was cancelled because of Hurricane Irma. According to CBS Sports, Arkansas State wants to reschedule the game or be compensated for the lost home game.
With negotiations to reschedule the game going sour, Arkansas State general counsel Brad Phelps sent a letter to Miami stating that the Hurricanes have until Feb. 15 to pay $650,000 in damages. That number was determined based on a contract the two schools signed in 2013, which was the beginning of the home-and-home series. Miami hosted Arkansas State in 2014.
If Miami fails to pay Arkansas State that amount, the Red Wolves say they will pursue a lawsuit.
CBS Sports reports that the Hurricanes wanted to reschedule their trip to Arkansas State sometime between the 2024 and 2028 seasons. Arkansas State was hoping to have the meeting much sooner, in 2020 or 2021.
Arkansas State reportedly was willing to accommodate Miami during the week of the storm last fall. Arkansas State offered to let Hurricanes players and coaches stay in local hotels for days after the storm and even offered to move the game to Friday, Sept. 8.
The Red Wolves apparently are done being generous.
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