Ball State hopes to drop Iowa game in 2010

Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg

Ball State is trying to get out of its 2010 road game against Iowa.

Cardinals head coach Stan Parrish doesn't want to play Big Ten schools in back-to-back weeks, and Ball State is scheduled to face Purdue on Sept. 18, followed by Iowa on Sept. 25.

Though the Iowa game is more lucrative for Ball State, which would pocket $450,000 more from Iowa than Purdue, the Purdue contract was finalized in 2005 and includes a three-game basketball series that finishes in December.

Ball State athletic director Tom Collins is still figuring out a way to drop the Iowa game.

"It's one of those things where once you get the schedule set and see what the league has going, you can see if there's a chance to maneuver things around," he told The (Muncie) Star Press. "It's never easy to do."

Iowa's associate athletic director for legal affairs Mark Abbott said the school hadn't been aware of Ball State's intentions to drop the game. Abbott still expects Ball State to honor the contract the two schools signed for the 2010 game as well as another contest in 2014.

Iowa is scheduled to open the 2010 season against Eastern Illinois on Sept. 4. The Hawkeyes then host rival Iowa State before traveling to Arizona on Sept. 18. The Sept. 25 date is still listed as TBD on Iowa's future schedule.