Purdue left scrambling for 2011 opener

Purdue must scramble to find an opponent for its 2011 season opener after getting dumped by Kent State.

Kent State voided its contract to face Purdue on Sept. 3, 2011. Instead, the Golden Flashes will travel to Alabama that day.

Kent State paid Purdue its guarantee of $425,000 to get out of the contract.

"This is a new one, having someone opt out of a contract just over 10 months before a game," Purdue AD Morgan Burke said in a prepared statement. "I am personally surprised because of the positive relationship Purdue and Kent State have had through the years. We will get on the phone immediately to begin the process of finding a new opponent."

Burke clearly is ticked off, and understandably so. The Kent State contact was signed in June 2008, and Burke really likes finalizing schedules in advance.

It will be interesting to see who's available for Purdue, which has nonconference games at Rice (Sept. 10), at home against Southeast Missouri State (Sept. 17) and at home against Notre Dame (Oct. 1). The Boilers ideally want a seventh home game, but their options could be limited.