Henry Houston has the report in the Eugene Weekly:
UO spent more than any other Pac-12 college team this year for its nonconference schedule — sometimes scornfully called “body-bag” games because of the mismatch between teams. Bowling Green received $900,000, Portland State received $500,000 and San José State received $1.6 million, according to contracts obtained by Eugene Weekly. …
The high cost was an aberration of scheduling, says Eric Roedl, deputy athletic director at UO.
Originally, the UO was planning on playing Texas A&M instead of San José State, but a clause in that agreement allowed Texas A&M to back out if it left its football conference. In 2011, Texas A&M announced it would leave the Big 12 conference for Southeastern Conference. The university voided its contract with UO in 2016, Roedl says.
Other contracts obtained by EW have a penalty clause if the game is canceled. Texas A&M didn’t have one.
“It was a unique agreement,” Roedl adds. …
Whoops. Sounds like it’s going to be a while before the academic side can stop subsidizing them. I wonder if Roedl is going to hit up ASUO for another increase?