Published Tuesday, November 6, 2012 AT 4:59 PM / Updated at 5:43 PM
2013 Southern Miss game headed for KC?
Sam McKewon Omaha World-Herald

The 2013 Nebraska-Southern Mississippi football game could land much closer to home than Husker fans originally expected.

NU athletic director Tom Osborne Tuesday confirmed that the Golden Eagles — which had looked at hosting the game in New Orleans — will look at staging the game at Kansas City’s Arrowhead Stadium.

Osborne said he spoke to an official from the Kansas City Chiefs — the anchor tenant at Arrowhead — on Monday to explore hosting the game currently scheduled for Sept. 7, 2013.

“I think they’re very interested,” Osborne said of the Chiefs. Negotiations and decisions will play out “over the next three weeks.” Moving the game to Kansas City is “not a done deal,” Osborne said.

Calls to Southern Mississippi athletic director Jeff Hammond were not returned. Because it’s the Golden Eagles’ home game, there remains a chance Nebraska could simply play in Hattiesburg, where NU beat USM 38-14 in 2003.

Months ago, the game appeared headed for New Orleans’ Superdome.

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