It’s not a secret that Florida and Miami are hoping to face off in 2019.
For the first time since it was reported that the two schools are working on a future matchup, Gators coach Jim McElwain spoke about the possibility of playing the Hurricanes.
“It’s something we’ve talked about and yet I don’t want to let the cat out of the bag just yet,” McElwain said Tuesday night at a campus event held at the University Auditorium, according to The Gainesville Sun’s Kevin Brockway. “It’s something we’re not dodging.”
An agreement to play what would be a highly anticipated game between Florida and Miami in 2019 has not been finalized. But the hope is that the contract details will be worked out soon.
“There’s a very good chance it will happen, but that’s not final yet,” Florida athletics director Jeremy Foley told the Gainesville Sun on Wednesday. “As far as renewing the rivalry, playing them every year, that’s not on the agenda.”
“Hopefully that’s something you’ll hear about in the near future,” UM Athletics Director Blake James said in February to the Palm Beach Post’s Matt Porter.
The showdown between the Gators and Hurricanes would be played in the Citrus Bowl in Orlando and act as the 2019 season-opener for both teams. Florida and Miami have faced off once since 2009, as the last meeting came in 2013 when the Hurricanes defeated the Gators 21-16 in Miami.
Miami leads the all-time series against Florida 29-26.