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UM-UF kickoff set for noon; fans upset

Talk about a hot game.

Miami Hurricanes fans learned Thursday that their team’s much anticipated home football game against the Florida Gators on Sept. 7 will be televised nationally on ESPN.

Judging by the reaction on social media, however, they just wish the kickoff wasn’t at noon.

Turns out that ABC is televising NASCAR and ESPN has the Michigan-Notre Dame football game in prime time Sept. 7. Humes said the 3:30 p.m. ABC game is Oregon at Virginia.

The prime-time ESPN2 football game that night has not yet been determined.

“We requested and lobbied ESPN for an evening slot for the game vs #BeatUF,” UM athletic director Blake James tweeted. “Unfortunately, they were unable to accommodate.”

ESPN spokesman Mike Humes said the network doesn’t consider noon a bad time slot.

“Essentially, we looked at all the options and this was the best available window for the game,” he said. “We average probably around three million viewers for that time slot. So it wasn’t like, ‘Let’s put the worst game on at noon.’ The noon window does really well with fans.

“We view this as a great matchup. Scheduling games is like putting together different puzzles with different time zones and commitments, and this was the best window.”

In other Canes football news, the Friday, Aug. 30 season opener against FAU at Sun Life Stadium will kick off at 8 p.m. and aired by ESPNU.

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