Hurricanes coming in '08

After playing four times in the last five years, UF and UM will meet only twice through 2013.


Published: Monday, August 1, 2005 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, August 1, 2005 at 12:00 a.m.
Last football season, hurricanes were some of the biggest stories in Gainesville. In 2008, it will be the Miami Hurricanes.
Miami and Florida are close to an agreement that would have the two teams play at The Swamp in three years, then play in Miami in 2013. The return game likely would be played at Dolphins Stadium, not the Orange Bowl.
Florida athletic director Jeremy Foley confirmed Sunday that 2008 and 2013 are the two seasons he and Miami AD Paul Dee have discussed. He said they are close to an agreement.
"But until it's finalized, I don't have any further comment," Foley said.
The Sun has also learned that Florida is close to wrapping up an agreement to play Western Carolina in 2006 as the 12th game under new NCAA rules.
It will be the first meeting ever between the Gators and the Catamounts.
Florida and Miami have played 53 times with the Hurricanes holding a 28-25 advantage thanks to a four-game winning streak this decade. Miami beat Florida 37-27 in the 2001 Sugar Bowl and 27-10 in last year's Peach Bowl. The two teams played in Gainesville and Miami in 2002 and 2003 when the NCAA first allowed 12 regular-season games with Miami winning 41-16 at Florida Field and 38-33 in the Orange Bowl.
Florida and Miami are also discussing the possibility of playing a game in 2014 at a neutral site. The general thinking was that the 2008 game was going to be played a single game played at a neutral site, but UF liked the idea of getting the Hurricanes at home without having to make a return trip for five years.

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