Just two weeks after a home-and-home series with Pittsburgh was cancelled, Clemson officials have confirmed Auburn has been added to the 2010 and 2011 football schedules.
"The two-game series with Auburn will certainly be exciting for our fans and our players," said Clemson Head Coach Tommy Bowden. ?"I have coached at Auburn (1991-96), so I know how intense their fans are when it comes to their football program. There really are a lot of similarities in the two schools. I am sure it will be a series that will be nationally televised and bring considerable exposure to both programs.
"Many times when future non-conference games are announced, they are long off on the calendar. But, the freshmen on our team this year will play in that 2010 game at Auburn when they are seniors, and if they red-shirt they will play in both games."
Ironically, the two schools originally were scheduled to play in 2006 and 2007 before Auburn asked out of the contract in 2003.
At the time, Auburn athletic director David Housel said the reason was strictly for financial considerations. He said the school needed to find seven home games a year to pay for a $30 million stadium renovation.
Clemson will travel to Auburn in 2010 while Auburn will come to Death Valley the following season.
Clemson last faced Auburn in the 1997 Peach Bowl. Auburn won the game 21-17.
The two teams have played each other 44 times, with Auburn leading the seres, 31-11-2.
Clemson has now scheduled home-and-home non-conference series with five SEC schools over the next nine years. In addition to Clemson's annual contests with South Carolina, Clemson will meet Auburn in 2010 and 2011, Vanderbilt in 2012 and 2013, Georgia in 2013 and 2014 and Mississippi in 2015 and 2016.
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