Nov 9, 2013; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Miami Hurricanes quarterback Stephen Morris (17) after a 42-24 loss to the Virginia Tech Hokies at Sun Life Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports

Cincinnati Bearcats Will Play Home-And-Home Series With The Miami Hurricanes

One of the underlying goals for the UC athletic department to compliment the Nippert Stadium renovation was to sign a marquee opponent at home for the inaugural season in 2015. That opponent appears to be the Miami Hurricanes.

 

 

Whit Babcock really couldn’t have aligned this more perfectly. According to the Miami Herald, the Bearcats will visit Miami next season with the Canes returning the favor in 2015. This is ideal for UC as they will be playing all of their home games in 2014 at Paul Brown Stadium in anticipation for the Nippert renovation the following year. There have been rumors that UC’s homer with FCS Stony Brook in 2014 is being moved and it appears a visit to South Florida will be its replacement.

But I’m not worried at all about trading a home game for an away game.

For all intents and purposes, I’m calling 2014 a “lost season” attendance-wise as Cincinnati scrambles to add the new press box to their football stadium. The key here is that the Bearcats will be bringing in a big-name opponent to Cincinnati in 2015. Expect ticket sales to sell out in a flurry and this game to be broadcast on a major network, further showcasing UC’s renovated Nippert stadium to the country. Additionally this helps on the recruiting trail as Eddie Gran, who is already adept at cultivating the rich grounds around Miami, Florida, will be able to visit prospects during the trip and see the Bearcats first-hand. I’d anticipate more than a few high schools players from that area verbally committing to Cincinnati as a result of this game.

All in all, another excellent series signed by Babcock and his administration!

11.19.2013 UPDATE: Per the Enquirer’s Tom Groeschen, we have official dates for each game.

 

11.19.2013 UPDATE 2: Cincinnati has in-fact cancelled their game with Stony Brook in 2014 to make room for this series. Guess we won’t be seeing the return of Jameel Poteat after all.

 

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