A report from the Boston Globe has UM football playing at Boston College on Labor Day weekend to open the 2012 season.
It could definitely happen, as the two teams do not have nonconference games scheduled for that weekend.
However, the Globe, which cited sources from Boston College, said "the likely dates are Sunday or Monday, although the entire weekend remains in play.''
I just did my own snooping around, and it seems that UM, if it does travel to Boston College on opening weekend, would likely play on Saturday, Sept. 1, and not Monday, Labor Day, Sept. 3.
The reason: UM will meet nonconference opponent Kansas State, AT Kansas State, Sept. 8. It seems unlikely Al Golden would want to meet KSU on a short week, especially since the Canes will be traveling.
But I do not know for sure. The Atlantic Coast Conference likely will release its 2012 football schedule next week.
FOLLOWING IS THE STORY I JUST WROTE FOR THE PAPER:
BY SUSAN MILLER DEGNAN
The Miami Hurricanes could start the 2012 season facing the same team they finished against in 2011.
Boston College will be host to the Hurricanes during Labor Day weekend, according to The Boston Globe. The Globe cited “sources at Boston College.’’
The Atlantic Coast Conference is in the midst of finishing its football scheduling for 2012 and would not confirm the report.
“I can’t comment on it,’’ said ACC associate commissioner for football operations Michael Kelly. “The schedule is still in development. I can’t confirm any games at this time.’’
UM opened last season on the road at Maryland on Labor Day, so it seems unlikely that the Hurricanes would play BC in 2012 on that day. Additionally, the Canes play Kansas State the following Saturday, Sept. 8, so it’s likely they would meet BC – if the game does materialize – on Saturday, Sept. 1. However, the Globe reported that “the likely dates are Sunday or Monday, although the entire weekend remains in play.’’
Most ACC teams have nonconference game scheduled for Labor Day weekend. Boston College, Miami and Virginia Tech do not have nonconference games slated for that weekend.
UM’s other nonconference opponents in 2012: Bethune Cookman at home Sept. 15, Notre Dame at Soldier Field in Chicago on Oct. 6 and USF at home Nov. 24.
UM finished the 2011 season by losing to the Eagles 24-17 at Sun Life Stadium. The Hurricanes ended 6-6.
Kelly said the reason the ACC’s scheduling has been delayed is because West Virginia dropped Florida State last Friday from its nonconference schedule.