The University of Colorado will pay Charleston Southern $400,000 to play a football game Oct. 19 that was recently scheduled after the Buffs' Sept. 14 game against Fresno State was postponed because of flooding in and around Boulder.
The game contract between the schools, obtained through an open records request, also calls for CU to pay for a charter flight to and from Denver International Airport, bus transportation for the Buccaneers while they are in Colorado, 60 hotel rooms at the Omni Hotel in Broomfield and meals.
The $400,000 fee is in line with what CU has paid other nonconference teams to play in Boulder in the recent past and is a substantial savings compared with what some schools asked for when CU athletic director Rick George contacted them about possibly playing.
Charleston Southern is 5-0 and at the top of the Big South Conference standings at the Football Championship Subdivision level of college football, one level below the Football Bowl Subdivision in which CU plays.
CU has received a waiver from the NCAA allowing the game to count toward bowl eligibility this season. NCAA rules allow FBS teams to count only one win over an FCS team toward bowl eligibility each season. CU already has a victory over FCS school Central Arkansas. But the NCAA recognized the extraordinary circumstances that led to CU needing to rework its schedule and granted the waiver. It also granted Charleston Southern a waiver to play a 13th game this season against the Buffs.
CU is honoring tickets to the Fresno State game in September at the Charleston Southern game. If fans are not able to attend the game against the Buccaneers, they can use their tickets for any of the Buffs' four other remaining home games this season. But those fans might not be able to sit in the same seats they purchased for the Fresno State game.