Originally created 01/27/99

Duke-FSU coming to Jacksonville

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Duke went ahead with a plan Tuesday to move its 1999 home football game against Florida State to Jacksonville.

The teams will meet Oct. 2 at Alltel Stadium, the home of the Gator Bowl, the annual Florida-Georgia game and the Jacksonville Jaguars. Jacksonville is about three hours away from Florida State's home in Tallahassee.

The Blue Devils are expected to make about $1 million for selling their home game.

"I know as a former college football player that there is nothing like the thrill of playing in a pro stadium," said Duke athletic director Joe Alleva. "This game will allow our kids to experience that next year. The game is also good for the ACC in expanding our presence in the state of Florida and in solidifying our recruiting base in the Jacksonville area."

Duke earned $1 million to play its 1995 game against the Seminoles in Orlando. Afterward, former Duke coach Fred Goldsmith said the Blue Devils would never move another home game.

But two months ago Goldsmith was fired, replaced by former Florida assistant Carl Franks. He and Alleva quickly began considering another move.

"It's an area that loves great college football and one that I'm quite familiar with," Franks said. "I'm excited about this opportunity and certainly encouraged our athletic director to schedule this game in an important area for our alumni and fans," Franks said.

Home of Florida State's second-largest alumni club, Jacksonville has been trying for years to bring the Seminoles to the 73,000-seat Alltel Stadium. Their last appearance was in 1989, when they lost 30-26 to a Southern Mississippi team led by Brett Favre.


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