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September 5, 2013It looks like the UCF-FIU series is here to stay a little while longer. At least through 2016.
The Knights and Panthers meet in Miami on Friday in the third game of what initially was inked as a four-year deal. The agreement is being extended an additional two years, according to a report in the Miami Herald.
David J. Neal, who covers FIU athletics for the Herald, says the series will continue to alternate between Orlando and Miami. Next year's game at UCF had already been confirmed for Sept. 6, which is a week after the Knights open the season in Ireland against Penn State.
No date has been set for the 2015 game at FIU. The 2016 UCF home game is scheduled for Sept. 17.
Earlier this week, UCF coach George O'Leary spoke of the difficulty in scheduling non-conference games. It's one reason why he's an advocate of the American playing nine league games.
"I've tried to get games in-state, but it's a one-for-one trade out," O'Leary said. "I know (UCF Associate AD) David Hansen is responsible for the schedule. He's trying to hook up some games for '15 and '16. But I think the big thing is that we have to fill our own stadium. That's our stream of revenue for the other sports. We'll get the best opponents we can get, home and away, and see where it goes. You always like to keep somebody in state on the schedule if you can."
UCF now has two of four non-conference slots filled for 2015 (at South Carolina, at FIU) and one game for 2016 (FIU).