The Miami Hurricanes may play at Appalachian State in 2016, according to a report by Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald.
Jackson reports that their sources indicate Miami may make the trip to Boone, North Carolina next season and then the Mountaineers would play in Sun Life Stadium in a “future year.”
Miami currently only has three known non-conference games lined up for the 2016 season — Florida A&M (Sept. 10), at Notre Dame (Oct. 29), and Florida Atlantic (date TBA).
The Hurricanes also have three non-conference opponents set in 2017 and 2019 and one or less from 2020 onward. Appalachian State’s visit to Miami could easily fit in any of those seasons.
In order to host Miami in 2016, Appalachian State would have to make an adjustment to their non-conference slate. The Mountaineers already have four announced opponents for next season — at Tennessee (Sept. 3), vs. ODU (Sept. 10), vs. NC Central (Sept. 17), and at Akron (Sept. 24).
Old Dominion or NC Central would likely be the best candidates for postponement or cancellation in order to host the Hurricanes.
Looking ahead, Appalachian State has one non-conference opening in 2018, three in 2019, two in 2020-21, and three in 2022.
If the series is finalized, it would be 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.