After mediation, Arkansas State University and the University of Miami have settled a legal dispute over cancellation of a 2017 football game in Jonesboro because of a hurricane threat.

The ASU release:


Arkansas State University and the University of Miami agreed Monday to dismiss their respective lawsuits related to the cancellation of a football game in Jonesboro on Sept. 9, 2017.

Under a settlement reached following court-ordered mediation, Miami will also pay Arkansas State $400,000. The cancelled game will not be rescheduled.

“I am pleased that both lawsuits have been resolved and that this matter is now behind us,” said Brad Phelps, general counsel for the Arkansas State University System. “I believe this is a fair resolution of these issues.” 

Miami said Hurricane Irma made the trip impossible. ASU had offered to pay for a charter flight to bring the team in. It contended the contract called for Miami to pay $650,000 for not showing up. Miami sued before ASU also sued. Miami contended it had offered alternative makeup dates that ASU refused.