JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Before Arkansas State University filed suit over a canceled football game, the University of Miami intercepted with its own lawsuit.
The complaint, filed on Feb. 13 in Miami-Dade County, Fla., claims the contract between the schools to play is void due to a "force majeure" event and that it does not owe A-State any damages.
The lawsuit also claims that UM acted in good faith by offering to reschedule the game, but A-State "acted unreasonably" in refusing to accept the alternative dates.
UM also asked the court to relieve it of "any further rescheduling obligation…because of ASU's unreasonable conduct in breach of the game contract."
The complaint was filed just two days before A-State filed a lawsuit against Miami seeking $650,000 in damages over the canceled football game.
"We are not surprised that Miami took this step," said ASU System General Counsel Brad Phelps. "We will respond to their lawsuit in due course."
The two schools were scheduled to meet on the gridiron on Sept. 9, 2017. But, the game was canceled as Hurricane Irma approached Florida.