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September 09, 2013

UM AD Blake James says he'll contact UF AD Jeremy Foley to try to resume Canes-Gators series

Al Golden has been saying it for the past week, and Monday night on WQAM's Hurricane Hotline, Hurricanes athletic director Blake James said it too: Resume the rivalry.

James made it clear he'd like for the Canes, who defeated UF 21-16 on Saturday, to play the Gators again.

As it is now, there are no more games scheduled between the two teams. UF AD Jeremy Foley told the Associated Press last week that he'd only consider playing again at a neutral site.

Here's exactly what James said, regarding a possible UM-UF revival:

"I think it's great for college football. I think it's great for the state of Florida. I think it's great for Miami. When you look at, hey we all know Gators; We all live with them -- some of them, they're our family; some of them, they're our neighbors. Whatever it is, the reality is we're going to have Seminoles, Gators and Canes all around the area.

"The rivalry is good for South Florida. If it were something where it made sense for Jeremy and Florida -- and again, I can't speculate what does or doesn't make sense for the University of Florida. I don't know all the ins and outs of what they need to do.

"But I do know from our side, we'd definitely like to play them. But to me it needs to be a game that makes sense. So whether it's a home and home -- you know, if we wanted to look at a neutral site, you have to find a neutral site.

"I said New York City last night.

"Someone said to me, 'Hey Jeremy said he wants to play at a neutral site like Orlando or Tampa or Jacksonville.'  I said, 'That doesn't really sound neutral to me. I would choose.. maybe... Yankee Stadium.'

"Those are conversations that we need to have. I'll reach out to Jeremy again and see what makes sense  to them. We're different programs that have different needs.

"I would say for us, yeah, it would make sense to have them on the schedule on a regular basis. But with that said, understand, there are different challenges that they have. Whatever works I'm sure will end up happening for the two programs.''



Start planning your tailgate for Savannah State. Tigers lost first 2 games by combined score 143-12

Be assured that the No. 15 Hurricanes will be too busy working on themselves the next couple of weeks to get a cocky attitude about Savannah State, their next opponent.

 Miami (2-0) has off this Saturday, but returns to Sun Life Stadium at 7 p.m. Sept. 21 against the FCS Tigers.

Here's pretty much all you need to know about the Tigers:

* They lost 66-3 against FBS-team Troy this past weekend. Troy (2-0) passed for six touchdowns and ran for another two. Troy also scored on a field goal and 78-yard interception return.

* They lost 77-9 in their opener against fellow FCS-team Georgia Southern.

* They finished 1-10 in 2012.

Suffice it to say that a lot of backups will get playing time against Savannah State, and the Hurricanes' passing game should dramatically improve.

The game will not be shown on TV. ESPN3 will show the game online.

Will the fans show up at Sun Life? I think they will, but I'm an optimist. If nothing else, it should be a good night to party and watch some Hurricane future stars get ample playing time.

No matter what kind of team Savannah State has, Al Golden will get his players ready to roll in this one.


Perryman, Chickillo earn ACC Player of the Week honors

Hurricanes linebacker Denzel Perryman and defensive end Anthony Chickillo, who led the defensive effort in the Hurricanes’ 21-16 win over Florida and have been starters on UM's defense since they were freshmen, were named the ACC Linebacker and Co-Defensive Lineman of the Week, respectively Monday.

Perryman tallied a team- and season-high 13 tackles, including a game-high nine solo stops against the Gators. He led a Hurricanes defense that forced five Florida Gators turnovers, including a fumble he forced on Florida’s opening possession. Perryman leads the Canes with 19 tackles, including a team-high 14 solo stops, through two games.

Chickillo was tabbed Co-Defensive Lineman of the Week with five tackles, a sack and a tackle for loss. He has made 23 consecutive starts along the defensive line, dating back to the final nine games of the 2011 season. He has 10 tackles, 2.0 sacks and 2.0 tackles for loss the through the season’s first two games.

The Hurricanes (2-0), who entered the AP Top 25 Poll this week at No. 15, will return to Sun Life Stadium when it hosts Savannah State on Sept. 21 at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN3.

The game time and broadcast were also announced Monday.