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Arkansas State Is Officially Suing Miami Over Cancelled Game

General view of the stadium as the Oklahoma Sooners take on the Miami Hurricanes

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - OCTOBER 03: General view of the stadium as the Oklahoma Sooners take on the Miami Hurricanes at Land Shark Stadium on October 3, 2009 in Miami Gardens, Florida. Miami defeated Oklahoma 21-20. (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)

Miami was supposed to travel to Arkansas State in September, but did not make the trip due to Hurricane Irma. Months later, and that missed game has sparked a lawsuit.

The hurricane season wrecked havoc on teams in Florida playing games. Many of the state's other FBS programs had their schedules significantly altered.

That includes Miami's game against Florida State. The 'Canes moved the game from September 16 back to October 7 to avoid the weather.

The U has not been as willing to accommodate the Red Wolves, who were set to host the game on September 9. Jonesboro was not expected to get hit severely, but UM officials were worried about traveling for a game with that kind of storm hitting the area, which is understandable.

Bringing in a name like Miami is big for Arkansas State, though, and the Red Wolves have been pushing to reschedule the game for a few days down the road, or get recouped with cash. The school set a deadline for last Thursday, which Miami did not meet.

Over the weekend, it looked like a lawsuit was in the works. Today, it has been confirmed that Arkansas State is suing Miami. From FootballScoop:

Arkansas State imposed a deadline of last Thursday for Miami to pay the $650,000 the school believes it’s owed after the Hurricanes no-showed a scheduled game of Sept. 9 of last season due to Hurricane Irma.

Last Thursday has come and gone, and no check was sent. So Arkansas State is now suing Miami.

“It is unfortunate that we have reached this point, but Miami’s actions left us with no choice. We look forward to proceeding to trial,” ASU general counsel Brad Phelps said upon filing the suit.

There are some disagreements over whether The U could play the game in 2020-2021. ASU reportedly reached out to a scheduling service that said that the 'Canes are available, while Miami says that it is now. The Associated Press has more on the issue:

In the lawsuit, Arkansas State says (athletic director Terry) Mohajir reached out to Miami athletic director Blake James last month about rescheduling the game. It also says James told Mohajir the earliest Miami could play the game in Jonesboro would be sometime during the 2024-28 seasons — despite Arkansas State contacting a scheduling service that said Miami had openings in both the 2020 and 2021 seasons.

Mohajir said he offered to play another game at Miami if the Hurricanes would play at Arkansas State in either of those seasons, but that James said those weren’t available because of prior scheduling agreements.

So now we have one school suing another over college football. Based on how contentious this has gotten, it seems hard to think that they will wind up actually playing another game, but we'll see how this shakes out in court.

[FootballScoop]