Report: Florida Gators, Miami Hurricanes close to deal to resume rivalry in 2019
Florida and Miami could be close to resuming their rivalry.
An Orlando Sentinel report said Miami and Florida are “close to signing a deal” to open the 2019 season in Orlando at the renovated Citrus Bowl.
The contract has not been finalized, the Sentinel reported. UM Athletics Director Blake James did not immediately return a message from the Post.
“While we won’t comment on the specifics of the report, we are always exploring future scheduling options,” a UF spokesman wrote in a text message.
Miami and Florida played annually until 1987, when UF dropped the series. The last meeting, Sept. 6, 2013, was a 21-16 UM win at Sun Life Stadium.
The Hurricanes lead the series 29-26 and have won seven of the last eight.
The Citrus Bowl, which was reopened last fall after 10-month renovation that reportedly cost more than $200 million, will host a Florida State-Mississippi game in 2016 and Alabama-Louisville in 2018.