Posted September 02, 2013

Florida AD: Future Gators-Hurricanes game would have to be neutral-site

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Florida and Miami last met in ’08, when some guy wearing No. 15 played for UF. (Charles Sonnenblick/Getty Images)

If Florida and Miami are to meet again in the regular season, Gators athletic director Jeremy Foley said the matchup will likely be a neutral-site game, reports Mark Long of the Associated Press.

The two programs meet for the first time since 2008 on Saturday in Sun Life Stadium, but it’s likely to be the last meeting between the in-state rivals for the foreseeable future. Florida already boasts an annual non-conference date with Florida State, and the Gators often stay in Gainesville for the rest of their non-conference slate. Plus, the SEC continues to consider a nine-game conference schedule, an option that would leave fewer openings for an opponent from another league.

The Gators and Hurricanes met annually from 1938-1987 but have played only five time since, with two coming in bowls.

In May, Miami athletic director Blake James told reporters at the ACC’s spring meetings in Amelia Island, Fla. that the Hurricanes had not discussed future schedules with Florida.

“This is a game that’s been on the schedule and we’re thrilled to be hosting them in South Florida,” James said. “With that said, I haven’t spoken with Jeremy or the University of Florida about future games and I don’t know how it would fit into their schedule or fit into ours right now. There hasn’t been any conversation and there isn’t anything on the schedule for the future.”

15 comments
Pennyinthepig
Pennyinthepig

Maybe they could play at DAYTONA. UF Fans travel well and it's only 2 hrs from Gainesville.

mystafugee
mystafugee

Speaking of overrated: Florida.  They basically got into a BCS bowl game by losing to Georgia (thus avoiding getting trounced by Alabama).  

BC_Castaldo
BC_Castaldo

@BillyCorben you probably need to go out of Florida if you want to find a true neutral site for Florida & Miami.

yehonala04
yehonala04

The Gators (lizards) "often stay in Gainesville for the rest of their non conference slate " One certainty  Foley is blowing serious smoke up the media collective skirt . They have not left the state for a non conference game since 1991.  Memo; to Foley  ; Sunlife is a neutral site for the Canes.

g8treng
g8treng

@mystafugee Yeah, that and beating the other 11 teams on the schedule, Texas A&M, LSU, S Carolina, FSU... You're just jealous :)

Robert999
Robert999

@at100 @BillyCorben  Where is the Canes home field?  How pathetic.   Sun Life is UM's home field.  

edcarol
edcarol

@yehonala04 For all ye Cane rocket surgeons: I don't think Foley said Sunlife wasn't a neutral site.