If Florida and Miami are to restart the football series between each other, it may be because Orlando is available as a neutral site.
The series unofficially ended last season after scheduling differences stopped the game from appearing on future schedules. Florida, in a desire to have seven home games, doesn't want to have a rotating home-and-home series and lose a home game every other year.
One way around that could be a neutral site game, however. And Orlando could be a possibility.
“I would have to think about Orlando,” Miami athletic director Blake James told the Miami Herald. “That’s not real neutral but it’s an easy distance to our campus.”
Gainesville is approximately 120 miles closer to Orlando than Miami is, and James' recent statement somewhat contradicts what he said after Miami beat Florida in 2013, when he emphasized the neutral in neutral site.
But there's two things at work here. First, and as we've said time and time again around these parts, the desire to keep a traditional rivalry should overrule a lot of things. And it seems that James is willing to let that desire help make the series a reality again. Secondly, is there truly such a thing as a neutral site, espeically when it would come to this series?
Tampa would be the only place that comes to mind, but the crowd there would probably lean towards Florida. There aren't any other places that could host the game outside of Orlando and Jacksonville. A game at the renovated Citrus Bowl in Orlando makes complete sense, both for the schools and the facility. Hopefully it becomes a reality.
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