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Tuesday, September 2, 2008
Rivalry? What rivalry?

By Heather Dinich
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich

CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- This Saturday will be Miami's first trip to The Swamp since the 2002 season. Miami has also won the past six meetings.

Rivalry?

"It's not a rivalry," Miami coach Randy Shannon said. "It's a rivalry within themselves and the guys ... I guarantee there have been phone calls going back and forth between Miami players and Florida players because they know each other. That's the rivalry. As far as playing six years ago, I mean when you don't play a team for six years, the rivalry is gone. It's not like in the days when I played and before my time ... Now since the rivalry stopped, you can't always try to restart something. Because after this game Saturday, we won't play them another time for six more years."

Shannon is correct in the connection between the players -- 12 current Miami players shared a high school locker room with a current Gator.

The players aren't the only ones with ties to the Florida roster. Miami receivers coach Aubrey Hill lettered four seasons at Florida from 1991-94. He's not expecting the red carpet treatment in his first return as an opponent.

"They'll be throwing stuff at me," he said with a laugh. "It won't be like a homecoming. They'll be trying to kick my tail and the Hurricanes' and obviously we'll be trying to do the same thing to them. When I was on the other side it was all easy. When I come in now, I'll be the enemy. Maybe after the game I'll get a pat on the back."