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Bulls and Hurricanes agree to extended series
Special to USFBullsEYE.com
By agreeing to play on Thanksgiving weekend in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013, USF and Miami have now put the finishing touches on a six-game football series that actually started with the teams' first meeting Oct. 1, 2005 in Miami.
USF and Miami will play Sept. 26, 2009 in Raymond James Stadium before the final four games of the series move to Thanksgiving weekend with the anticipation of national television opportunities. The 2010 and 2012 games will be at Miami, while the 2011 and 2013 games will be in Tampa.
"It has been a tremendous pleasure to work with (Miami A.D.) Paul Dee and the management at ESPN in bringing this series to fruition," said USF Director of Athletics Doug Woolard. "We have always shared a strong desire with Miami to make a long term series happen, and at the same time ESPN has expressed it has a strong desire to have rivalry matchups like this one available for its Thanksgiving weekend selections. We think this is a great game for fans of college football."
While finalizing the Miami series, USF has also moved previously announced dates with Florida and Indiana. USF is still scheduled to play at Florida in 2010, but has now moved the second game in the series to 2015. Meanwhile, a home date originally scheduled at Raymond James Stadium in 2011 with Indiana will be played in 2016. The actual dates for the Florida and Indiana games are to be determined at a later time.
"We're pleased to expand this series by two more games. The University of South Florida is a tremendously successful new program in college football, having just started Division I-A football in the last decade, and in that time they have had outstanding success. We're playing not only USF, but a Big East Conference school," Dee said.
USF FUTURE NON-CONFERENCE OPPONENTS:
2008 - Tennessee-Martin, at UCF, Kansas, at FIU, at N.C. State
2009 - Wofford, FIU, Miami, at Indiana
2010 - at Miami, Samford, at Florida, FAU
2011 - Miami
2012 - Michigan State, at Miami
2013 - at Michigan State, FAU, Miami
2014 - N.C. State
2015 - at Florida
2016 - Indiana