Tallahassee, FL - The University of South Florida football team will host Florida A&M University twice over the next five years, USF Director of Athletics Doug Woolard announced on Tuesday. The Bulls will host the Rattlers on Sept. 17, 2011 and Sept. 5, 2015.
“We couldn’t be more excited about rekindling the series with FAMU,” Woolard said. “Getting the chance to host FAMU will be great for both fan bases, the city of Tampa and football in Florida. FAMU has one of the richest traditions in the state and it is another great opportunity for Tampa to host what should be both a great football game and a great event for the community.”
USF defeated FAMU, 37-3, in 2005, the only meeting between the two programs. The game was the Bulls’ home opener that season and produced one of the top crowds in program history up to that point. It marked the first time that tickets in the upper deck at Raymond James Stadium were made available for a USF game, resulting in a crowd of over 43,000 fans.
“This is a great opportunity for us to play another school from the state of Florida,” said FAMU Director of Athletics Derek Horne. “We have so many fans in the Tampa area, so we’re excited that they’ll have the opportunity to come out and see the team. It also will be a great opportunity for the young men on our football team to face a BIG EAST team. We couldn’t be happier about coming to Tampa to play USF not only next season, but in 2015 as well.”