Miami AD: No current plans for UM-Florida games after 2013
Miami athletic director Blake James says the Florida game on Sept. 7, 2013 may be the last meeting of the in-state rivals for a while.
According to Miami athletic director Blake James, there have been no talks with Florida athletic director Jeremy Foley regarding future matchups. Reading his comments, it seems as though the 65th meeting between the Hurricanes and Gators could be the last for the foreseeable future.
"This is a game that's been on the schedule and we're thrilled to be hosting them in South Florida," James told ESPN.com during the ACC spring meetings. "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."
Miami and Florida competed for the Seminole War Canoe Trophy every year from 1938 until 1987, when expansion of the SEC schedule led the Gators to end the series. Since then, the in-state foes have met just five times -- with only three scheduled meetings and two bowl games. There was a home-and-home in 2002-03, a 2008 game in Gainesville, and now it appears the September date in Miami Gardens will be the last for a while.
If the SEC decides to increase the conference schedule to nine games, the Gators will be less inclined to take on such a series in their non-conference schedule. The annual season finale against Florida State gives Florida one quality non-conference opponent to pair with the usual rigors of the SEC conference schedule. In fact, 2013 will be the first season that Florida plays multiple non-conference games against BCS conference opponents since facing South Florida and Florida State in 2010.
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