University of Miami athletic director Blake James has confirmed that the Hurricanes are indeed still in talks with the University of Florida regarding a 2019 season opener that would be played at the Citrus Bowl in Orlando, according to Matt Porter of The Palm Beach Post.
Nothing has been etched in stone regarding the actual game, but James said that a 2019 game between the ‘Canes and the Gators at the Citrus Bowl “are still the goals.”
“Hopefully that’s something you’ll hear about in the near future,” James said Wednesday regarding contract details between both sides.
Miami and Florida last played one another in 2013, when the Hurricanes beat the Gators 21-16 at Sun Life Stadium in the 55th game of a series that was born in 1938. From 1944-1987, the two teams played each other in football annually.
But 2019 could wind up being quite the draw for both teams, even if it is a few years down the road and assuming that neither program undergoes major changes. Florida took a huge step forward last season and made the SEC Championship Game, its first under coach Jim McElwain, and Miami just made a tremendous hire in former Georgia coach and Miami alum Mark Richt. By matching up two offensive gurus in Richt and McElwain against each other once again, it could make for a great game that would only receive more fireworks once the Citrus Bowl was factored in.
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