Auburn Athletic Director David Housel says, "It was originally a four-game series with Clemson. "They talked to me two or three years ago and wanted out of the 2008 and 2008 games. I said, ‘OK, but we might be coming back to you to talk about 2006 and 2007 depending on how our situation has changed. In retrospect, I guess you could say we scheduled out too far.
"The bottom line is I went back to them about six or eight months ago and talked (Clemson athletic director) Terry Don Phillips shortly after he went there last summer and told him we were looking at stadium expansion and had to have seven home games," Housel adds. "I told him we wanted to work with them and find an opponent that would suit them and work our way through it, but they know we are not coming.
"For our stadium expansion to make sense we have to do one of two things. We have to have seven home games every year or we have to dramatically go up on ticket prices and we made the decision to have seven home games. It is not about not playing Clemson, it is strictly about dollars and cents."
Auburn will begin an expansion of Jordan-Hare Stadium following the 2003 season. Auburn leads the all-time series with Clemson 31-11-2.