ATHENS - Georgia and Georgia Southern fans won't have to wait that long for their next game.
The teams typically meet every four years, and were set to play in 2016. But the two schools mutually agreed last month to instead move the game to Nov. 21, 2015, according to an open records request, confirming an earlier report by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
"It helps us fill a void in our schedule, and it helps Georgia Southern too," athletics director Greg McGarity said.
Georgia Southern was given an extra $325,000 to move the game: Georgia's guarantee payment to Georgia Southern for the game is now $850,000.
Georgia Southern is moving to the FBS level this year, and is joining the Sun Belt Conference.
McGarity insisted the move had nothing to do with any possibility of the SEC going to a nine-game schedule, which at the earliest would happen in 2016.
"It has nothing to do with other than moving it up a year," McGarity said.
The SEC has not yet announced the schedule for 2015, but has committed to an eight-game schedule for that year. McGarity said the conversations have continued on whether it will be eight or nine games for the future, but no decisions have been made yet.
"The SEC is still working through the process," he said. "At some point in time there will be closure, but it's not right now."