BYU soccer: How much is Oregon paying Cougars for ‘payday’ recreation?

BYU’s soccer recreation in opposition to No. 25 Oregon at Autzen Stadium on Saturday shall be historic, and never simply because the Cougars have not been to Eugene, Oregon, since 1990 — the yr Ty Detmer received the Heisman Trophy however misplaced 34-16 to rival QB Bill Musgrave and the Ducks .

It will nearly definitely be the ultimate time BYU performs what is referred to as a “cash recreation” or a “payday recreation” or, as was the case when Utah State traveled to Alabama two weeks in the past and misplaced 55-0, a “physique bag recreation .”

“What involves thoughts if you consider the Ducks, is the ‘wow’ issue. You are excited to be there. They have a tradition there, which has all the time been all through school soccer. It’s simply, ‘wow.’ It is, ‘dang, I wish to play in opposition to them. I wish to play with them.’” — BYU cornerback Kaleb Hayes

It is a cash recreation as a result of the Cougars will obtain $1.1 million for making the journey, based on the official recreation contract signed in 2015 (as reported by Matt Brown’s Extra Points publication). Oregon won’t be making a visit to Provo within the foreseeable future, so this is not the everyday home-and-home settlement that BYU has been enjoying as a university soccer unbiased the previous 12 seasons.

When the Cougars agreed to the sport in 2015, athletic director Tom Holmoe stated Oregon had a gap in its 2022 schedule “and the circumstance was proper” for BYU.

“We hope to develop a long-term relationship with Oregon,” Holmoe stated on the time.

According to the contract, the showdown of ranked groups (1:30 pm MDT, Fox) shall be officiated by a Pac-12 crew and the replay assessment officers may even be from Oregon’s convention.

Aside from 2020, the COVID-19 yr when the whole lot was scrambled, BYU pays for one cash recreation a yr, usually. This yr, the Cougars can pay Utah Tech $425,000 to play at LaVell Edwards Stadium on Nov. 19

Next yr, BYU can pay Southern Utah $475,000 to play Sept. 9, 2023, in Provo. The contract was initially for $425,000, however BYU is paying SUU a further $50,000 to maneuver the sport to that date from its initially scheduled date in November.

As of Wednesday afternoon, some 2,000 tickets remained obtainable for Saturday’s recreation on the 54,000-seat Autzen Stadium. Monday, new Ducks coach Dan Lanning referred to as for Oregon followers to create a home-field benefit.

“I do know that they’re going to be cranked up louder, extra intense, this subsequent week,” Lanning stated. “I believe this is the sort of recreation the place the Autzen crowd could make an enormous, huge impression within the recreation.”

Oregon quarterback Ty Thompson celebrates a landing with operating again Byron Cardwell (21) and broad receiver Josh Delgado (83) throughout a recreation Saturday, Sept. 10, 2022, in Eugene, Ore. Flashy uniforms all the time create a buzz across the Ducks’ program.

Andy Nelson, Associated Press

Meanwhile, BYU gamers and coaches have expressed pleasure about enjoying a storied program in its house venue.

“What involves thoughts if you consider the Ducks, is the ‘wow’ issue. You are excited to be there,” stated BYU cornerback Kaleb Hayes, a former Oregon State participant. “They have a tradition there, which has all the time been all through school soccer. It’s simply, ‘wow.’ It is, ‘Dang, I wish to play in opposition to them. I wish to play with them.'”

Hayes stated Oregon’s colourful and inventive jersey combos are all the time the discuss of faculty soccer.

“You know, I’m jealous,” he stated. “I all the time used to say at Oregon State we used to get hand-me-downs from Oregon, which made us play a bit bit higher, made us have a chip on our shoulders and made us play a bit bit tougher. Nah, I like Oregon. Like I say, I’m a fan. I like it.”

BYU security Malik Moore is additionally an enormous fan — of the Oregon uniforms.

“Same factor — the jerseys,” Moore stated, when requested the very first thing that involves thoughts when he thinks of Oregon. “I hold it actual. The jerseys, you understand. Oregon is clearly a great group. But we’re going into the sport prefer it is one other recreation. We do not go into video games fearing anyone. … It’s simply one other recreation to me. But every time I consider Oregon, I simply consider the cool uniforms.”


Cougars on the air

no 12 BYU (2-0) at No. 25 Oregon (1-1)

Saturday, 1:30 pm MDT

Autzen Stadium

Eugene, Oregon

TV: Fox

Radio: KSL Newsradio 102.7 FM/1160 AM

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