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Tue., Sept. 7, 2010, 1:47 p.m.

Nebraska Provides UI $800K Payday

Later this week I’ll have a story on the financial ramifications of Idaho football’s scheduling. For now, though, here are a few details: The payout for Saturday’s Nebraska game, $800,000, is the largest the Vandals have ever received, according to athletic director Rob Spear. But the high mark won’t last long. Next year, UI is getting $850,000 to play at Texas A&M. And in 2012, LSU is paying the Vandals $950,000 to come to Baton Rouge. The previous high for a payout was $600,000 for the USC game in 2007 and Arizona in 2008, Spear said/Josh Wright, SR Sportslink.

Question: Is it in Idaho's best interests to risk injuries to key players in a mismatch game with a powerhouse team like Nebraska, for an $800K payday (see today's poll in lefthand rail, too)?




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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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