The Florida Gators and Miami Hurricanes will renew their rivalry for the first time since 2008 on Saturday.
According to a source of Mike Bianchi of the Orlando Sentinel, this will be the last time these two programs meet.
“People don’t want to hear this, but it’s the fact of the matter,” Florida Athletic Director Jeremy Foley told the Associated Press. “When you take a home game out of here, it cost you significant dollars… You can’t do that every other year and try to run a sports program at the level we’re trying to run it. I think everybody thinks that’s not a big deal. Well, it is a big deal.”
There have been rumors that if the two teams could decide on a neutral site, like Tampa Bay’s Raymond James Stadium or Orlando’s soon-to-be renovated Citrus Bowl, the rivalry could continue. However, that doesn’t seem likely.
“Unless Miami joins the SEC, I don’t see us ever playing them again during the regular season,” an “influential” Gator told Bianchi. “It’s just not worth it.”
Of course, this is what the current administration is saying. Things could obviously change.
These two teams have met 54 times (Miami leads the series 28-26), but this will be just the fourth regular season matchup between the two schools since 1987 (Miami won the 2001 Sugar Bowl 37-20 and the 2004 Peach Bowl 27-10).
Kickoff from Sun Life Stadium is scheduled for Noon EST and the game can be seen on ESPN.