Depending on who you ask Michigan and Alabama could agree to a 2012 game in Cowboys Stadium as early as today. Brian Cook ofMGoBlog.com is reporting that a source of knowledge has suggested that a contract for the game is expected to be signed today.
According to Cook the game is happening because Jerry Jones, owner of the Dallas Cowboys and the man who created Cowboys Stadium has overpaid for the game. Michigan would need a lucrative payout to play a game outside of Michigan Stadium, which recently re-claimed the title of largest stadium capacity in the country following renovations. If anyone is able to pull that off it would be Jones. Michigan would be the home team in the game, which would allow for a larger pay-out for Michigan than Alabama.
Alabama beat reporter Gentry Estes of Mobile Press-Register cites another unnamed source that says the deal for this game is not as imminent as Cook suggests. “Deliberations have taken place, but Alabama’s opponent for this proposed big-ticket 2012 non-conference game has not been finalized and may not be for some time,” Estes reports. “The same goes for the site of the game. [Alabama] is still considering Atlanta and Jacksonville, Fla., (two sites where it has recently played non-conference games) in addition to Dallas.”
Alabama head coach Nick Saban recently said that ESPN and ABC presented the Crimson Tide with a number of options for a season opening game on a neutral field for the 2012 season. Michigan is one of the names to have been linked to the 2012 opener for Alabama. Miami, UCLA and Texas Tech have been among the others mentioned at times.