Rivalry renewed


When Florida and Miami play later Friday evening, it will renew a rivalry between schools that have deeper traditions competing on football and baseball fields.

Basketball-wise, these schools don’t have much recent history. Consider that from 1991-2002, Florida and Miami didn’t play each other. There have been three games since, with Florida winning two, including one in double-overtime at the Orange Bowl Classic in downtown Miami.

Florida coach Billy Donovan said he and Miami coach Frank Haith aren’t opposed to playing each other in the future. But the logistics of a future series hasn’t been worked out. The two schools haven’t played in the regular-season since 2005-06, when Florida beat Miami 77-67 at UM’s campus.

“It just hasn’t worked out for whatever reasons,” Donovan said. “We talked about doing something where we would play in the Orange Bowl (Classic in Sunrise) and then we would play in Jacksonville and maybe a home-and-home after that. It wouldn’t be bad for us. I think we finished up a series a couple of years ago with them. I wouldn’t be opposed to it, but I don’t know if there’s anything on the table or in the works to do anything in the future.”

Florida already has an annual series with state-rival Florida State, but adding an annual game with Miami couldn’t hurt, especially when you consider UF’s recent weak non-conference schedules. Miami isn’t Duke, but it is an up-and-coming program in the Atlantic Coast Conference. And judging from how Florida has unraveled the past two seasons, this is a team that may need to be tested earlier before finding out its problems too late.

Just a thought.