Just a few days after finding out that the Florida Gators had dropped two of the three games of their future football series, USF has rebounded with another state school agreeing to play them later in the 2020s.
The Miami Herald’s Barry Jackson was the first to report that USF and the Hurricanes will be playing beginning in 2025 at Hard Rock Stadium in South Florida. USF will get the second of the three-game series at home in 2027 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa and then, Miami follows the next year with the final game of the series against the Bulls back back in Miami Gardens.
Per source, UM has agreed to non-conference football series with USF. Teams will play in Miami in 2025 and 2028 and in Tampa in 2027. Announcement expected today.
— Barry Jackson (@flasportsbuzz) May 14, 2019
If you are wondering, USF and Miami have had a series in the past and that included the Bulls, under then- Coach Skip Holtz upsetting Miami in South Florida in the 2010 season and basically, paving the way for the firing of coach Randy Shannon. The Canes subsequently blasted USF in the return game at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa under new coach Al Golden two years later.
Clearly for USF coach Charlie Strong, the scheduling announcement is a bit of damage control after Florida elected to drop two of their three games that will be before this Miami series ever is slated to take place. Most damaging is the loss of the game that would have been the first time the Gators ever played the Bulls in Tampa.
However, you cannot read too much into what coach will be where, even three years from now, much less, almost a decade from now, when this USF-Miami series will start.
Miami coach Mark Richt abruptly “retired” or resigned, or however you view it, last December, and Strong is on shaky ground after his Bulls lost their final six games a year ago, including their bowl game.
Part of the motivation for Miami in scheduling the Bulls is that the ACC and its Commissioner, John Swofford have made it clear to its schools that they want to begin to eliminate FCS teams off of conference schools schedules. Here he was talking about the importance of strength of schedule two years ago:
And for new coach Manny Diaz and the Cannes program, they do get the first game of the series and two of the three against USF at home in this deal.
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