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Kirby Smart doesn’t rule out Florida-Georgia series moving from Jacksonville

“Nothing’s off the table. Nothing’s been decided, either.”
Georgia's D'Andre Walker (15) tackles Florida's Dameon Pierce (27) in the second quarter at TIAA Bank Field in Jacksonville on Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018.  (Times)
Georgia's D'Andre Walker (15) tackles Florida's Dameon Pierce (27) in the second quarter at TIAA Bank Field in Jacksonville on Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018. (Times)
Published May 28, 2019
Updated May 28, 2019

DESTIN —As college football’s power programs change their scheduling philosophy with more big-name home-and-home series (like Florida-Texas and Georgia-Florida State), here’s one potential side effect.

The annual Florida-Georgia game in Jacksonville.

The two SEC rivals will keep playing, of course, but Bulldogs coach Kirby Smart was asked Tuesday morning about keeping the game in Jacksonville. That neutral-site game deprives one team of a home game and the recruiting benefits that come with it. With Georgia playing at FSU or Texas instead of a hypothetical buy game against a Group of Five or Division I-AA team, it takes away another potential home game.

So might the UF-UGA series eventually leave Jacksonville?

Smart didn’t rule it out Tuesday morning before the SEC’s spring meetings at the Hilton Sandestin.

“I think that’s always up for discussion," Smart said. "We have a contract with Jacksonville that’s a couple of years out. I think you’re always looking to see what you can do to develop your program and get better. Nothing’s off the table, but nothing’s been decided, either.”

In 2016, the teams agreed to a contract that would keep the game in Jacksonville through 2021.

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