UNDATED (CNN) - The Jackson State University homecoming game that never happened is now spawning a lawsuit. The Mississippi school is planning to sue Louisiana's Grambling State after Grambling was a no-show to a football game last Saturday.
It was supposed to be a battle on the field, but now Jackson State is taking on Grambling State in a courtroom. JSU spokesman Eric Stringfellow says, "We make budgets based off football games - so when a revenue stream just evaporates - you have to scramble and find a way to make up that money."
JSU leaders say Grambling left them high and dry, when the football team stood them up Saturday. The players refused to travel to Jackson last week, after they complained about the conditions of facilities in Louisiana. Student Tevin Morgan says, "I just felt they were real petty about that, they could have come and played - and let us have a good homecoming...A lot of people lost a lot of money."
Now Jackson State leaders are looking for payback on what they say could be millions dollars lost. They've issued a lawsuit against Grambling for direct and indirect financial losses.
The university spokesman says JSU lost $200,000 in ticket sales alone. But he claims the overall number could creep higher once they add up the other indirect losses.
On campus, most students we talked to say they agree with holding Grambling State accountable.
University officials say the canceled game could leave a serious impact on the athletics department.
Grambling State University President Frank Pogue has apologized for the no-show. In a statement he says, the Grambling has had "financial challenges this year" and that "too many...players don't understand the degree" of those challenges.