Tulane, Georgia, settle lawsuit over football scheduling

Updated: October 31, 2003, 7:23 PM ET

NEW ORLEANS -- Tulane paid a $2,500 "nuisance fee" to settle a $1 million lawsuit which Georgia filed over three canceled football games, Tulane officials said Friday.

Tulane said it canceled the games under a clause that Georgia had inserted in the contract for the schools to play, but Georgia accused Tulane of fraud.

After a series of depositions and court hearings, Georgia admitted it lost no money because of Tulane's cancellations and withdrew the fraud claims.

Tulane asserted that Georgia in fact made more money than it would have had Tulane played the games.

The first open date left by Tulane's cancellation was filled last season by Northwestern State, which accepted $50,000 less than Tulane to play in Georgia. The game still was a sellout.

Tulane officials said they agreed to pay a small fee to avoid the expense of court, even though they expected the case would be ultimately dismissed.

"Tulane University believed from the very beginning that the suit was without merit," school spokeswoman Debbie Grant said. "It should never have been filed and it unfortunately, caused both institutions to unnecessarily expend financial resources on a frivolous matter."

Georgia public affairs officials did not return phone messages left Friday.

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