Arkansas State announces home-and-home series with Miami

JONESBORO — An agreement with the University of Miami to play a home-and-home football series beginning in 2014 was announced by Arkansas State Director of Athletics Terry Mohajir on Friday.

The Red Wolves will play the Hurricanes for the second time in school history at Sun Life Stadium in either August or September of 2014.

A-State’s first played against Miami in 1997.

The contract calls for Miami to play the return game in Jonesboro on Sept. 9, 2017.

Barring any conference realignment, it will be the Red Wolves first home game against a current ACC opponent in the program history.

The Red Wolves last played against a current ACC member in 2011 when they took on Virginia Tech.

Aside from Miami and Virginia Tech, the only other ACC opponent Arkansas State has ever faced is North Carolina State.

“As our brand continues to emerge, we will keep trying to schedule home games in Jonesboro against the top teams in the country,” Mohajir said in a release. “We are excited to add a home-and-home series with a program that possesses, in my opinion, a top-10 national brand. The fact that we are able to bring teams the caliber of Miami to our stadium reflects that our own brand is on the rise, and that is a great tribute to everyone involved in our recent success.”

Head coach Al Golden led Miami to a record of 7-5 in 2012, including a 5-3 conference mark to tie for first in the ACC Coastal Division.

A-State announced in January a home-and-home series with SEC member Missouri with the Jonesboro game coming in 2015.

A-State hasn’t hosted a team from the ACC, SEC, Big 12, Pac-12 or Big Ten since 2001 when it played Ole Miss.

The two-time defending Sun Belt Conference champions will open the 2013 season on Aug. 31 with a home game against Arkansas-Pine Bluff.