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Gators, Hurricanes to renew football rivalry in 2019

The Florida-Miami football rivalry will officially resume in 2019 when the two teams meet in Orlando for their season opener.

Many of the details — including the date and ticket information — weren't included in Tuesday's announcement, but the game will be played at the newly renamed Camping World Stadium, formerly known as the Citrus Bowl.

"There have been so many memorable games between our two institutions, and I am confident that all of our alumni and fans will enjoy seeing the two teams square off in the Citrus Bowl," Hurricanes athletic director Blake James said in a statement.

UM leads the series 29-26, and this is the first scheduled meeting between the programs since 2013.

"We are pleased to have partnered with Florida Citrus Sports and ESPN Events to kick off the 2019 season against Miami," UF athletic director Jeremy Foley said in a statement. "Orlando is a great Gator city, and we look forward to playing in front of our fans from all over the state of Florida and beyond."

Their matchup is the third marquee opening-weekend game set for Orlando. The stadium will host Florida State-Ole Miss this season and Alabama-Louisville in 2018.

NEW NAME: RV retailer Camping World signed a long-term deal to rebrand the 80-year-old Citrus Bowl in Orlando effectively immediately. Camping World chairman and CEO Marcus Lemonis said having a stadium naming-rights deal was vital for the company's future. Camping World also agreed to a multi­year sponsorship deal for the three upcoming neutral-site football games to be played at the stadium. The games will be called the Camping World Kickoff.

EASTERN MICHIGAN: The school says it has "absolutely no plans" to drop football or move to another division or conference. The school released an open letter affirming support for the Mid-American Conference program after the Detroit Free Press reported that there have been calls for EMU to stop playing Division I-A football. The paper cited a report by faculty and students that advocated dropping out of Division I-A in football to save money for students.

Gator HOOPS ADDS CENTER: Florida has added center Gorjok Gak to its 2016 recruiting class. Coach Mike White said the 6-foot-11 Gak signed a national letter of intent to play this coming season. He joins guard Eric Hester and forward Dontay Bassett in the class. The Australian-born Gak played in high school at Victory Rock Prep in Bradenton. He has an 88-inch wingspan and is rated a top-10 player in the state by ESPN.

Information from Times wires was used in this report.

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