Arkansas to host Kent State in 2020

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL - — Tom Mur­phy

FAYET­TEVILLE — The Arkansas Ra­zor­backs have two known non­con­fer­ence games for 2020, and both are against first-time op­po­nents from the Mid­west.

The day af­ter of­fi­cials at the Univer­sity of Arkansas, Fayet­teville and Notre Dame an­nounced a home­and-home se­ries in 2020 and 2025, the Ra­zor­backs re­vealed they will host Kent State in 2020.

The first game be­tween the Ra­zor­backs and the Golden Flashes of the Mid-Amer­i­can Con­fer­ence is sched­uled to be a sea­son opener Sept. 5, 2020, the week be­fore Arkansas trav­els to Notre Dame.

The con­tract, ob­tained af­ter a public records re­quest was filed by the Arkansas Demo­crat-Gazette, stip­u­lates the game could be played ei­ther on cam­pus at Reynolds Ra­zor­back Sta­dium in Fayet­teville or in Lit­tle Rock at War Memo­rial Sta­dium.

Kent State, which had a 3-9 sea­son in 2016, is coached by for­mer Arkansas de­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor Paul Haynes, who was with the Ra­zor­backs in 2012. Haynes has a 12-35 record in four sea­sons at Kent State, his alma mater.

Arkansas of­fi­cials, cit­ing a com­pet­i­tive dis­ad­van­tage ex­emp­tion in the state public records laws, redacted the game guar­an­tee for Kent State. Of­fi­cials also redacted the ne­go­ti­ated amount in the event of a can­cel­la­tion of the con­tract and the num­ber of com­pli­men­tary tick­ets to be given to Kent State, also cit­ing the com­pet­i­tive dis­ad­van­tage ex­emp­tion.

In other game con­tract news, UA of­fi­cials redacted the ne­go­ti­ated pay­ment if ei­ther the Ra­zor­backs or Notre Dame were to can­cel the 2020 game. A large sec­tion of item 6C un­der “Can­cel­la­tion” in the con­tract was redacted. Michi­gan was forced to pay Arkansas $2 mil­lion for back­ing out of its con­tract for games in 2018 and 2019 against the Ra­zor­backs last July.

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