Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

UF-Miami a Step Closer to Reality

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

UF-Miami a Step Closer to Reality

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The Florida-Miami game, once one of the nation's more bitter

college football rivalries, moved closer to finding its way back

to the field this past weekend.

Florida Athletic Director Jeremy Foley said yesterday that he

has had initial discussions with Miami Athletic Director Paul

Dee about resuming the rivalry in 2002. The game hasn't been

played since 1987, but a ruling this past weekend by an NCAA

committee has given new life to a potential restart of the

rivalry.

The NCAA Division I Championships/Competition Cabinet gave

initial approval for a 12th regular-season game for all Division

I schools beginning in 2002.

"I've talked with Paul about it, but it's premature at this

point," Foley said. "If it [the 12th game] is passed, he [Dee]

is interested in sitting down and talking with me, and I am

interested in talking with him."

Although there are a few more obstacles to clear, events this

weekend at the NCAA meeting have given the schools their best

shot at resuming the rivalry since the Gators dropped the

Hurricanes from their schedule after the 1987 season.

Under the proposal, the 12th game could be played only in years

in which there are 14 Saturdays from the first permissible

playing date through the last playing date in November. The

years: 2002, 2003, 2008, 2013, 2014 and 2019.

In other words, the earliest Florida and Miami could resume

their rivalry is 2002. Dee was unavailable for comment

yesterday.

Miami coach Butch Davis has lobbied to restart the series, and

UF coach Steve Spurrier also said he wants to play Miami again

-- if the Gators can work it into their schedule. The 12th game,

Foley said, is the best opportunity.

The proposal now goes to the NCAA management council -- of

which Foley is a member -- for further review. …

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