Monday, February 14, 2011

USF-Miami football game moved up a week

TAMPA – In order to accommodate a request from The BIG EAST Conference, the University of South Florida’s 2011 home football game with Miami has been moved from Saturday, Nov. 26 to Saturday, Nov. 19, the athletic department announced on Monday.

USF scored its first win over Miami in program history last season, when the Bulls defeated the Hurricanes, 23-20, in overtime. Miami won the first two meetings with USF, 31-10 in 2009 and 27-7 in 2005. The Bulls and Hurricanes are also scheduled to meet in 2012 and 2013.

A USF spokesman could not give a reason for the change other than it was was requested by the Big East Conference. The last two USF-Miami games were played on Thanksgiving weekends and have had to take a back seat for sorts to the Florida-FSU game and did not draw as well as expected.

The Big East Conference also likes to line up what they hope will be intriguing match-ups in the last weekends of the season. This now frees up USF to play a conference foe on the final two weekends of its regular season.

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