Florida and Miami football fans get ready. It's on again.
Athletic officials at both schools announced Monday they have agreed to a home and home series beginning in 2008. Miami is scheduled to play in Gainesville on Sept. 6, 2008, and the Gators Sept. 7, 2013, at the Orange Bowl.
Florida athletic director Jeremy Foley said the schools need to play in years there is a 14-week window during the season. The NCAA added a 12th game to the schedule beginning next season, and the schools didn't want to play during years when there are only 13 weeks to play 12 games.
"To try to put Miami in a 13-week season, our schedule is tough enough as it is," Foley said. "With 14 weeks, it gives you another open date to play with. I think the series is good for the state, and so does (Miami AD) Paul Dee, but it's just not a series that is going to work out on a regular basis for that reason. The years we have flexibility, we want to schedule them."
Florida and Miami have met 53 times, with the Hurricanes holding a 28-25 advantage. They have won four since the 2000 season.
OFFICIALS SUED: A former Georgia Tech academic adviser sued school officials, claiming he was fired for telling the NCAA about ineligible athletes.
Todd Olivett claims in a lawsuit filed Wednesday that the school's athletic association, which manages its sports programs, certified star athletes as eligible to play football when it knew they weren't. Olivett said his complaints to superiors went unheeded, and he was told to "get with the program" or risk losing his job.
The suit also claims that school president Wayne Clough and former athletic director David Braine decided to hide violations from the NCAA, the governing body of college sports, after Olivett reported the problems to his superiors.
The NCAA put Georgia Tech on probation in November for two years for allowing athletes in four sports, including 11 in football, to play when the courses they were taking didn't count toward degrees.
BASEBALL: Florida State sophomore first baseman Dennis Guinn, who hit his first career grand slam among his six hits in a three-game series against Minnesota, was named the ACC player of the week. Eckerd sophomore Josh Stroup was named Sunshine State pitcher of the week after six shutout innings in a 7-4 win over Saint Leo on Feb. 21. Tampa senior Lee Cruz, a former Pasco High standout, won SSC player of the week after hitting .500 with a homer and six RBIs in three games.
GOLF: The Florida men shot 4-under 284, their second straight under-par day, to remain in third place after two rounds of the Puerto Rico Classic in Rio Grande. The Gators trailed Oklahoma State by five and Georgia by four. FSU junior Torstein Nevestad shot a career-best 65 to tie for third place, and the men's team was in third overall after one round of the Naples Intercollegiate. Baylor and Wake Forest were tied for first, five strokes ahead.
SOFTBALL: Bethel swept host Eckerd 8-0 and 13-4. Florida junior first baseman Melissa Zick, a former Chamberlain standout, was named SEC player of the week after setting school and NFCA Leadoff Classic records with seven RBIs and 11 total bases in Friday's 11-10 win over Illinois. USF sophomore Bree Spence, a former Countryside High standout, was named Big East pitcher of the week after allowing no earned runs and striking out 12 in two starts. Tampa junior Devlin Dougherty was named SSC pitcher of the week after a no-hitter Saturday against Rollins.
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