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USF May Lose 2009 Opponent

BRETT McMURPHY bmcmurphy@tampatrib.com
Published:   |   Updated: March 23, 2013 at 04:03 PM

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Florida International is in the process of canceling its game at the University of South Florida this fall, which would leave the Bulls with only 11 games in 2009.

The Golden Panthers are close to finalizing a home-and-home series with Rutgers that would begin this fall at Rutgers. The FIU at Rutgers game on Sept. 19 would replace FIU's Sept. 19 visit to USF.

The Golden Panthers and Bulls signed a three-game deal in 2005. USF won the first two meetings, in 2006 at USF and 2008 at FIU.

Earlier this month, USF athletic director Doug Woolard successfully juggled the Bulls' schedule to add a home-and-home series with Florida State, starting this fall in Tallahassee. Now, Woolard must find another home opponent to replace FIU.

Woolard and FIU AD Pete Garcia did not return calls seeking comment. It's unknown how much USF will receive from FIU for the Golden Panthers to buy out the finale of the three-game series.

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