The Miami Hurricanes and the Appalachian State Mountaineers have scheduled a home-and-home football series for 2016 and 2021, Appalachian State athletics director Doug Gillin announced on Tuesday.
Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald first reported the possibility of the Hurricanes-Mountaineers series earlier this month.
In the first game of the series, Appalachian State will host Miami at Kidd Brewer Stadium in Boone, North Carolina on Sept. 17, 2016. Five seasons later, the Mountaineers will return the game and play at Sun Life Stadium on Sept. 11, 2021.
“One of our goals is to play opponents in all sports that generate excitement among our University community, students, alumni and fans,” Gillin said. “Miami definitely fits the description.”
Appalachian State and Miami have never faced off on the gridiron.
Miami has now tentatively completed their non-conference football schedule for the 2016 season. The Hurricanes are also slated to host Florida A&M on Sept. 10, travel to Notre Dame on Oct. 29, and host Florida Atlantic on a date to be determined.
The series with Appalachian State is the fourth future home-and-home series scheduled for Miami against a team outside the Power Five. The Hurricanes are slated to visit Arkansas State in 2017, Toledo in 2018, and FIU in 2019. The FIU game will technically be a road game for Miami but will be played at Marlins Park, Sun Life Stadium or another venue.
In order to host Miami in 2016, Appalachian State has postponed their previously scheduled home game against the North Carolina Central Eagles of the FCS. A new date for that game has yet to be determined.
Appalachian State opens the 2016 season on Sept. 3 at Tennessee. The Mountaineers then host Old Dominion on Sept. 10, Miami on Sept. 17, and visit Akron on Sept. 24.