Miami Hurricanes To Play Mountaineers at Kidd Brewer Stadium Next Year?

Published Wednesday, November 4, 2015 at 2:35 pm

By Jesse Wood

200px-Miami_Hurricanes_logo.svgThe Miami Herald is reporting that the University of Miami Hurricanes and the Appalachian State Mountaineers are “close to finalizing a deal” for the Hurricanes to travel to Boone in 2016 for a football game and the Mountaineers to travel to Miami in the future.

“Appalachian State, a member of the Sun Belt Conference, is 7-1, with its only loss to Clemson. The Canes needed to fill an opening, and Appalachian State was one school that could accommodate UM on short notice,” the Miami Herald reported.

According to FBSSchedules.com, App State would have to adjust its 2016 schedule to make the deal work.

“In order to host Miami in 2016, Appalachian State would have to make an adjustment to their non-conference slate. The Mountaineers already have four announced opponents for next season — at Tennessee (Sept. 3), vs. ODU (Sept. 10), vs. NC Central (Sept. 17), and at Akron (Sept. 24),” FBSSchedules.com reported. “…Looking ahead, Appalachian State has one non-conference opening in 2018, three in 2019, two in 2020-21, and three in 2022.”

The Hurricanes were once football royalty; the brand, however, is still strong.

Before the Miami football program and athletics department was plagued by a scandal (which broke in 2013) for its relationship with a former booster and Ponzi schemer, Nevin Shapiro, the Miami Hurricanes were among the top football programs, if not the No. 1 program, for more than two decades.

The Miami Hurricanes won its last championship in 2001 and was last ranked in the top 25 in 2013.

 

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