USF, Florida A&M talking about 2011 game
Florida A&M could be returning to Raymond James Stadium in two years, as USF officials have talked with the Rattlers about being the Bulls' 2011 season opener. The first meeting in 2005 drew an announced 43,122 fans, then the second-largest home crowd ever to see the Bulls.
"The only thing we haven't done is sign a contract," said FAMU assistant athletic director Alvin Hollins Jr., who coordinates the program's football scheduling. "Our president is very interested in us opening the (2011) season there, and we're looking at trying to do something down there every other year. ... It's percolating pretty good."
USF dominated Florida A&M 37-3 when the two teams first met in 2005, but the game -- and the allure of FAMU's famous "Marching 100" band -- drew a strong crowd in Tampa. USF's three home games against I-AA opponents since that game have averaged an announced 36,016 fans by comparison. Anticipating that, the game contract in 2005 called for FAMU to get a share of ticket revenues once the attendance passed a certain mark, but it's unknown if such an arrangement would be in place for future games.
USF already has a I-AA opponent on its 2010 schedule in Stony Brook, while FAMU is scheduled to play at Miami.