Ga­tors AD: I’m open to play­ing UCF

Knights’ White sug­gests play­ing at neu­tral site

Orlando Sentinel - - SPORTS WEEKEND - By Edgar Thomp­son

GAINESVILLE — UF ath­let­ics di­rec­tor Scott Strick­lin said Fri­day he would be open to sched­ul­ing a foot­ball game, or even a se­ries, with UCF.

The game would pit one of the na­tion’s sto­ried pro­grams and the state’s flag­ship univer­sity against one of fastest ris­ing pro­grams in col­lege foot­ball and a univer­sity with the state’s largest en­roll­ment.

“I’d be OK with sched­ul­ing them — in the right sit­u­a­tion,” Strick­lin said.

Strick­lin said UCF ath­let­ics di­rec­tor Danny White has never reached out about the pos­si­bil­ity of play­ing the Ga­tors.

Strick­lin said he would be will­ing to pick up the phone, too.

“We haven’t had a spot where we thought this made sense at this point,” Strick­lin said.

If the schools were to set up a Ga­tors-Knights se­ries, Strick­lin said it would have to be sim­i­lar to the two-for-one struc­ture of UF’s up­com­ing se­ries with USF, an­nounced last May.

The Bulls will visit the Swamp in 2022 and 2025, with the Ga­tors vis­it­ing Tampa’s Ray­mond James Sta­dium in 2023.

White has said the Knights have to fo­cus on sched­ul­ing home-and-home se­ries, with one game played at UF and one at UCF. He sug­gested it would be un­fair to a grow­ing

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