The Paladins make it an almost annual tradition to play a Football Bowl Subdivision (formerly Division I-A) team, a difficult undertaking for the Football Championship Subdivision (formerly Division I-AA) team. This season, Furman is playing two such games. It is set to play Nov. 7 at Auburn, and will also play Saturday at Missouri. The reason to add the second game is the $450,000 Furman will receive from Missouri.
"Gifts to the university are down just as they are across the country," Gary Clark, Furman's director of athletics said by phone. "Bills are up. Expenses are up, revenues are down, in general, yes."
Games of this type against higher division opponents are what some call "guarantee" games, because they guarantee revenue for the away team. This is because the traveling school collects a check for playing the game from the home school, rather than taking a home game against the opponent in a later season in return.
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