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BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - Asked how competitive his team can be against the Football Bowl Subdivision’s New Mexico Lobos in the season opener, Southern coach Stump Mitchell made his feelings clear.
“We’re not just going up there to collect a paycheck,” Mitchell said. “We’re going up there to try to get win No. 1.” But the paycheck will sure be nice.
For making the trip out to Albuquerque, N.M., the Jaguars will receive a guarantee of $350,000 — a sum that goes a long way toward boosting the SU athletics budget. In total, the school will receive a little more than $1.1 million between the New Mexico game, a guarantee from the Atlanta Football Classic against Florida A&M and ticket revenue from the Bayou Classic against Grambling.
Altogether, that amounts to more than 13 percent of Southern’s projected athletics revenues.