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Clemson will pay Wyoming $1.1 million to buy out of 2021 game

Clemson will pay Wyoming $1.1 million to buy out of 2021 game

Wyoming - New Mexico Football

The University of Wyoming's High Altitude Performance Center is pictured Oct. 19, 2019, adjacent to War Memorial Stadium in Laramie. Coronavirus tests of more than 160 students and staff all came back negative, the school said.

LARAMIE -- Wyoming will pocket more than $1 million to not play one of college football's elite in the near future.

Clemson will pay UW $1.1 million to buy out of the teams' contracted game in 2021, according to a copy of the contract obtained by the Star-Tribune. The news comes after Clemson announced Tuesday it had scheduled Georgia to open the 2021 season on Sept. 4, replacing the game Clemson had scheduled against UW.

The teams signed a contract in 2013. Clemson has made five straight College Football Playoff appearances and has won two of the last four national championships.

Asked earlier this week about Clemson potentially backing out of the game, UW athletic director Tom Burman told the Star-Tribune there are "a lot of moving parts to this." It leaves Montana State, Ball State and Northern Illinois on the Cowboys' 2021 non-conference schedule.

Follow UW athletics beat writer Davis Potter on Twitter at @DavisEPotter.


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College Sports Reporter

Davis Potter is the University of Wyoming athletics reporter. An Alabama native and 2011 Auburn University graduate, Potter joined the Star-Tribune in 2018 after five years covering Ole Miss and the Southeastern Conference. He lives in Laramie.

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