Miami nice: Leavitt to announce 'major' series
The much-anticipated Thanksgiving weekend football series between USF and Miami has come to fruition, and Bulls coach Jim Leavitt will announce at 4 p.m. today that the Bulls will play the Hurricanes every year from 2009 to 2013.
USF and Miami were already on contract for three games in that span, so today's additions are games in 2010 and 2011. From 2010 on, the series will be played on Thanksgiving weekend, almost assuredly to a national television audience, a significant deal that puts the Bulls one step closer to the state's "Big Three" programs.
USF and Miami have met once, with the Hurricanes winning 27-7 in the Orange Bowl in 2005. Miami will play the Bulls in Raymond James Stadium in September 2009. The Times had reported earlier this month that Miami was optimistic that within the month they could announce with USF an annual Thanksgiving-week game that would create a state rivalry weekend with the Florida-Florida State game. (Or the Florida State-Florida game, you might say.)
To make the two new games possible, USF had to reshuffle two existing nonconference games, the 2011 game at Florida will now be played in 2015 and a home game with Indiana has been moved to 2016.