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How to weather a bad economy: Play Mizzou

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When the country's economy takes a brutal smack to the face, academia suffers, too. The solution? If you're a 2,601-enrollment school in Greenville, South Carolina, you travel to the Midwest to play a football game.

The Furman Paladin football team will be in Columbia, Missouri this weekend to take on the Mizzou Tigers, a game that guarantees the school $450,000 -- win or lose. The school pulled out of a scheduled game against fellow FCS school Deleware in order to make the game work after SMU backed out of a game in Columbia.

According to an article in today's Columbia Missourian, "Because Missouri generates so much more revenue from a home game, it can afford to pay Furman more money than Furman would receive from a home game of its own."

"Gifts to the university are down just as they are across the country," Gary Clark, Furman's director of athletics told the Missourian. "Bills are up. Expenses are up, revenues are down, in general, yes."

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