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USF Bulls complete 2011 schedule with Florida A&M and UTEP

The USF Bulls have completed their 2011 football schedule, announcing on Tuesday that they will have home games against Florida A&M and UTEP, with the Rattlers returning to Tampa in 2015.

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"We couldn't be more excited about rekindling the series with FAMU," said USF athletic director Doug Woolard, whose football team also hosted the Rattlers in 2005. "Getting the chance to host FAMU will be great for both fan bases, the city of Tampa and football in Florida."

The FAMU news has been widely speculated here -- Rattlers coach Joe Taylor told us in June that it was "very likely" -- and the UTEP addition is especially notable because it's a one-game deal, with no return trip to El Paso, the first time USF has been able to do that with another I-A opponent. FAMU will get $400,000 to come to Tampa, while UTEP will get $650,000, a relative bargain for a guarantee game -- Florida State, by comparison, will pay $1.3-million -- twice the Bulls' cost -- to bring Louisiana-Monroe to Tallahassee this fall.

Getting UTEP for one game sets a key precedent for USF, which will now have seven home games in 2011, even though they have just three in conference play. The Bulls will open at Notre Dame on Sept. 3, then host Ball State, FAMU and UTEP on the next three weekends, with Miami set to come to Tampa on Nov. 26.

Another indication USF is getting smarter with these deals -- UTEP's buyout is $1-million, far more than the $200,000 that Florida International paid to back out of a 2009 game just eight months before kickoff. FAMU's buyout is just $400,000, which tells me USF has no reason to think the Rattlers aren't coming to town.

FAMU game will have Big East officials, while the UTEP one will have a Conference USA crew.

USF Bulls complete 2011 schedule with Florida A&M and UTEP 10/19/10 [Last modified: Tuesday, October 19, 2010 2:42pm]
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