On Tuesday, Florida Gators Director of Athletics Scott Stricklin took to Twitter to ask other Power Five opponents to play them in a home-and-home football series.
Among the early responses that Stricklin received was one from Iowa State’s athletics director Jamie Pollard. Rather than offer a home-and-home series with the Cyclones, Pollard took a little shot at SEC scheduling.
— Jamie Pollard (@IASTATEAD) October 23, 2019
Although not from the Power Five, Tulane’s athletics director Troy Dannen joined in the fun by responding in the form of a GIF from the movie Anchorman.
— Troy Dannen (@Tulane_AD) October 22, 2019
Later on Tuesday, things got a little more serious when Clemson Director of Athletics Dan Radakovich responded with an offer to play the Gators in a home-and-home series in 2037 and 2038. Yes, over 17 years from now.
Thanks Dan. Gators would love a H/H with Clemson … any chance we could do it sooner? 17 years is a long time to wait. https://t.co/X3W1rCBtKB
— Scott Stricklin (@ScottStricklin) October 23, 2019
While Florida has plenty of schedule openings earlier than 17 years out, Clemson does not, unless they plan to play 11 Power Five opponents each season.
The Tigers currently have two Power Five non-conference opponents booked for every season from 2020 through 2037, with the exception of the 2021 season. Clemson’s non-conference schedule is also booked through 2025, so it appears that 2026 would be the earliest that a Florida-Clemson series could be played.
Whenever the series is played, if at all, at least the dialogue is open and teams are looking for more marquee home-and-home series rather than scheduling multiple cupcakes.