Report: Miami, Penn State discussing future football game

By Chip Patterson | College Football/Basketball Writer

Miami and Penn State are reportedly in discussions to schedule a future football date. According to the Miami Herald, University of Miami officials are "optimistic" that the deal will be finalized.

A Penn State spokesperson confirmed that the two schools have had discussions but said "the talks were only preliminary" in a statement to the Harrisburg, Pa., Patriot News. Penn State's 2014 nonconference schedule is set with Temple, Akron, UMass and Central Florida, so it could be 2015 or later before these teams even meet.

Penn State and Miami have not met since 2001, a 33-7 Hurricanes win at Beaver Stadium. The two programs have claimed seven national championships combined, with Penn State winning one of their two titles against Miami in the 1987 Fiesta Bowl -- a 14-10 slugfest that "featured" five Vinny Testaverde interceptions and seven Miami turnovers in total.

Both schools have recently been recognized as much for their NCAA-related issues as their on-field performance. But with both battles moving away from athletics and into the legal realm, Bill O'Brien and Al Golden continue their attempts to rebuild their storied programs. The game would also serve as a homecoming of sorts for Hurricanes coach Golden, a former Penn State tight end and assistant coach.

But while O'Brien and/or Golden might not be on the sideline if these teams do meet in the future, it would at least be an enticing nonconference game with national intrigue.

Because it's the offseason, here's a clip of the final possession from the 1987 Fiesta Bowl.

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