The Florida Gators may be close to renewing their football rivalry with the Miami Hurricanes. According to FB Schedules, via the Miami Herald, Florida athletic director Jeremy Foley has been in discussion with Miami AD Blake James about reigniting the historical matchup.
Florida and Miami played every year between 1944 and 1987 before suspending the rivalry. It picked back up in 2002 with the schools playing a scattered pair of home-and-home matchups (along with the occasional bowl game). Miami currently leads the series 29-26, having won eight of the last 10 games.
Prior to 2013’s game, Foley remarked that any future contests between the schools would have to be played at a neutral location – a condition that James seems open to.
“I would have to think about Orlando,” Blake James told the Miami Herald. “That’s not real neutral but it’s an easy distance to our campus.”
While Florida restoring a traditional rivalry and playing an additional neutral-site game every year sounds like a fan’s dream, something tells me that elegant naysayers will be ready to lead the “UF never plays outside the state of Florida” charge. Hold that thought, the Pac-12 is on the other line …