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July 30, 2009

UConn, Michigan agree to home-and-home

UConn has reached an agreement with Michigan on a home-and-home series that will see the Huskies travel to Ann Arbor in 2010 and the Wolverines head to Rentschler Field in 2013, according to sources with knowledge of the negotiations.

That individual, who spoke on the condition of anonymity given the agreement had not yet been made public, said that UConn and Michigan will meet on Sept. 4, 2010 at Michigan Stadium. Michigan will then travel to Rentschler Field on Sept. 21, 2013.

UConn officials could not confirm the deal when reached by phone Thursday.

"We don't comment on anything until the contracts are signed," said UConn spokesman Mike Enright.

Part of UConn's agreement to play at Michigan next season is that the Wolverines play a game at Rentschler Field - a sticking point for Notre Dame when it tried to schedule a long-standing series with UConn.

That series, which has the Huskies traveling to Notre Dame in November but any future games still unconfirmed, would see Notre Dame play UConn at either Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass. or Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.

UConn previously agreed to host Division I Championship Subdivision member Northeastern at Rentschler Field to open the 2010 season. Officials in the athletic department at Northeastern could not confirm that the game between UConn and Northeastern has been cancelled or rescheduled.

A source said the Northeastern game will be shifted to a later date. The Huskies will look to fill the void with another Football Championship Subdivision team - potentially one that has already agreed to a future game.

The administration at UConn has worked to improve the Huskies' non-conference football scheduling in the past year, with the Notre Dame series and a home-and-home with Tennessee in 2015 and 2016 among future games. Iowa State, Maryland, North Carolina State and Vanderbilt are also on the Huskies' future schedule, with Vanderbilt also playing at Rentschler Field on Oct. 2, 2010.

The Huskies, who may have an open date remaining will also play at Temple on Sept. 18 and host Buffalo on Sept. 25. Michigan will play at Notre Dame on Sept. 11, host Massachusetts on Sept. 18 and host Bowling Green on Sept. 25.

The agreement between UConn and Michigan comes after the two schools began a home-and-home men's basketball series in February. The Huskies are scheduled to return to Michigan in the 2010-2011 season.

Zac Boyer, the editor and publisher of UConnReport.com, covers UConn sports on the Rivals network. He can be reached by e-mail at [email protected].
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