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DSU's haul at Michigan: $550,000
Delaware State University generated $2.2 million in revenue through its football program in the 2007-08 school year, according to the United States Department of Education.
In October, the school will earn almost 25 percent of that by playing one football game.
Delaware State, which last week said it would forfeit a Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference football game because of a scheduling conflict involving a trip to Big Ten power Michigan, will receive $550,000 from the Wolverines to play in Ann Arbor, Mich., on Oct. 17. The amount includes all of the Hornets’ travel expenses.
School spokesman Carlos Holmes released the information to USA Today on Tuesday in response to a Freedom of Information request. MEAC commissioner Dennis Thomas said last week the league is reviewing DSU’s forfeit to North Carolina A&T after an alternate date could not be found. DSU and A&T were to play Oct. 17, but that is when Delaware State agreed to play at Michigan.
Candy Young-Sanders, the DSU assistant athletic director who was involved in the decision, has acknowledged the forfeit could affect the conference race. She also said the school expects a monetary penalty from the MEAC.
Derek Carter, who took over as athletic director at Delaware State on May 11, said Tuesday the forfeit was the result of miscommunication between the two MEAC schools.
The $550,000 exceeds the $400,000 Michigan paid to Appalachian State in 2007. Appalachian State upset then fifth-ranked Michigan 34-32, the first time a Division I-AA team had ever beaten a ranked I-A opponent. While Appalachian State had been a perennial I-AA power for years, the win over Michigan put the program in the national spotlight. The upset was featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated.
Appalachian State went on to win the I-AA title game that season, 49-21 over Delaware. Michigan did not play a I-AA team last season.
DSU and North Carolina A&T reportedly tried to move their game to Nov. 14, but that date presented another conflict between the Hornets and their game with Norfolk State.
Delaware State was 5-3 in the MEAC last season, while North Carolina A&T was 1-7. DSU defeated the Aggies 42-7 at Alumni Stadium last October.
The News Journal • May 20, 2009