LSU pays Tulane to end series early

LSU has paid Tulane $700,000 to void the final six years of their home-and-home series, the New Orleans Times-Picayune reported.

The mutually agreed-upon end of the series between the Louisiana rivals, announced Wednesday, came as LSU wanted to either play all of the remaining six games at Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge, or end the series in the interest of creating flexibility in its schedule.

LSU athletic director Joe Alleva said it was not in LSU's best interest to play Tulane anywhere but at home, according to the report, but Tulane would not agree to give up its home games at the Superdome.

The flexibility created by the newly opened date has already paid off for LSU, which will play North Carolina in next year's Chick-fil-A Kickoff Classic in Atlanta.

The teams play Oct. 31 at Tiger Stadium, with Tulane receiving $650,000 for traveling to Baton Rouge. LSU leads the all-time series 68-22-7, with the Green Wave's last victory coming in 1982.

The two schools did agree to at least one more game in New Orleans at some point in the future. In the meantime, Tulane has secured a four-year home-and-home series with Mississippi and is looking at ACC and Big East opponents, athletic director Rick Dickson said, according to the Times-Picayune.

LSU also announced Thursday that Louisiana-Monroe will replace Southern Mississippi on the 2010 schedule, according to the report. That game is scheduled for Nov. 13 at Tiger Stadium.