When Kentucky’s 2013-2014 non-conference schedule was released earlier this week, many of you may have noticed that Samford was not on the list. Kentucky and Samford had previously agreed to a 2-for-1 deal, in which Kentucky would host 2 games and Samford would host one in Birmingham at a larger arena. After playing the past two years in Lexington, this year was supposed to mark the return trip to Birmingham for the Wildcats. Earlier this week we learned that the two schools could not agree on a date and therefore mutually agreed to cancel the remainder of the series.
Earlier today Samford’s AD, Martin Newton, shed some light on a few more of the details on Al.com. “(Kentucky head coach John Calipari) has been great,” Newton said. “At the end of the day, they wanted a multi-team event. We did not need a multi-team event because we already had one… I wouldn’t say disappointed. We’re both looking out for our schools and we’re hopeful we can continue to work something out with them in the future. We’ve got a great relationship with Kentucky.”
Kentucky deputy director of athletics DeWayne Peevy told AL.com that the compensation provided by Kentucky to Samford would be $100,000, since Samford only received a $50,000 guarantee in each of the two previous seasons. Following the compensation, the schools signed an agreement to mutually end the series.