MIAMI -

FIU denied a credential to a Miami Herald reporter for its football opener Saturday.

David Neal was not allowed to cover FIU against Bethune-Cookman.

The school released a statement on Saturday that read, "We are very disappointed that the Miami Herald has decided not to cover our football home opener, although we have credentialed members of the Herald staff.

"We did not issue a media credential to the Herald's beat reporter because of concerns we have brought up to the Herald's reporter and editors over the past few years about the reporter's interactions with our student athletes, coaches and staff, and the nature of the resulting coverage. He is not banned from FIU or FIU Stadium. He just does not have additional access beyond that of the public.

We welcome media coverage of our athletics program that is professional and respectful of our student athletes and our institution. 

We will be meeting with the Herald's leadership in the next few days.  We hope to reach a resolution and continue a positive working relationship."