TWO BITS: Florida-Miami series, women’s tennis

By Adam Silverstein
May 19, 2014

1 » Miami Hurricanes athletic director Blake James recently told The Miami Herald’s Barry Jackson that he had a conversation with Florida Gators AD Jeremy Foley about renewing the football series between the two teams. James said Foley was “receptive” to the idea, a word used by Jackson, though the latter insisted that the Gators would only be amenable to playing the Canes in a neutral-site contest. “I would have to think about Orlando,” James told the paper. “That’s not real neutral but it’s an easy distance to our campus.” Foley wants Florida-Miami at a neutral site for a number of reasons. The Gators already lose a home game every other year with Florida-Georgia being played in Jacksonville. UM also neither provides UF with a fair allotment of tickets nor quality locations for those seats in the 76,000-seat Sun Life Stadium. Considering the Gators have the largest base of alumni in South Florida, that is not a winning combination for the school. A neutral-site game would allow the schools to split ticketing and revenues evenly while potentially creating a new, exciting tradition.

2 » No. 8 Florida women’s tennis (23-5) took down the No. 1 Georgia Bulldogs (24-5) on Saturday in the quarterfinals of the 2014 NCAA Tournament, earning a 4-1 victory over its Southeastern Conference rivals to advance to the Final Four for the fifth-straight season. The Gators were going for a NCAA title three-peat last year when they fell 4-3 in the semifinal. Florida is now hoping to return to the championship game for the third time in the last four seasons and must go through the No. 5 UCLA Bruins (25-2) in order to reach the final match. UF is 14-10 all-time against UCLA with an 8-5 record in NCAA Tournament meetings. The Gators last met the Bruins for the 2012 title with Florida earning a 4-0 shutout victory for the program’s sixth national championship. The teams will square off on Monday at 1 p.m.

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