Fans of the USF Bulls and coach Charlie Strong were looking forward to a home game with his former School, Texas, but the Longhorns have done a “Texas Two-Step.” This as, Texas is apparently no longer interested in playing USF three times, and simultaneously, they have announced they’ll add the most prominent school in the state, the University of Florida, in a new series.
First, the official word came down Friday morning that Texas had decided to only host USF September of 2020 and exercise the buyout penalty to not play the Bulls at Raymond James Stadium the following year. So, the Green and Gold will now get $1.9 million to play the one game in Austin.
Next, the University of Florida chimed in with an announcement that they will be playing the ‘Horns starting in 2030 for a home-and-home series:
🐊 – Sept. 7, 2030 in Gainesville
🤘 – Sept. 6, 2031 in Austin
— Gators Football (@GatorsFB) May 10, 2019
The Gators will get the first game at home, and we sarcastically say… “mark your calendars,” for September 7th of 2030. Florida will then, travel to Austin to play the Longhorns on September 6th, 2031.
This came on the heals of an announcement Wednesday that Florida would for the first time play the Colorado Buffaloes in a home-and-home in September of 2028 and 2029.
Further, Gators AD Scott Stricklin took to social media Friday to answer a couple of questions about his new scheduling philosophy that he is putting into practice by lining up big named schools well in advance:
Working on it. Goal is to have at least 10 power 5 opponents each year. https://t.co/DRYCkN1YjX
— Scott Stricklin (@ScottStricklin) May 10, 2019
Coincidentally, USF will begin a three-game series with Florida by hosting the Gators in 2021 and then returning one of the games the following year in Gainesville. However USF and Strong now need to try to find opponents for 2022 and 2023, as Texas has dropped them.
Strong was 16-21 in three seasons in Austin and was fired in December of 2016.
The Bulls currently have only one out of conference opponent, for now, in 2023, and that’s playing a game at Western Kentucky.
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