Post by Mojave Gator on Mar 4, 2019 19:32:19 GMT -5
The two schools have had discussions about moving the game up a week. NCAA approval is required before this could happen, because camps would have to open a week early. The reasons have not been disclosed.
Post by Mojave Gator on Mar 5, 2019 23:33:42 GMT -5
One good thing about it is that we would get a bye week going into the monumental Tennessee-Martin game. That would give the Gators three bye weeks during the season, the other two coming before the Georgia and Florida State games.
The game was moved to help celebrate the opening of the 150th anniversary season of college football.
"ESPN approached both UM and Florida with the unique idea to broadcast this matchup as the culmination of a daylong celebration of college football's 150th anniversary season," Miami athletics director Blake James said in a statement. "After consulting with Manny, we agreed that this would be a tremendous opportunity to showcase Hurricanes football -- both our present team and our long, storied tradition -- on a national stage."
"We are excited to kick off the celebration of 150 years of college football on August 24 in Orlando," Mullen said in a statement. "It will be a great showcase for the university, our program and all of Gator Nation."