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Jan

2013

The New Era of UCF Football Begins Now

By FCOadmin. Posted in General | 1 Comment »

When UCF landed Duante Culpepper in the mid 1990s, right before making the jump to D 1-A (FBS), it was not long after the Knights were scaring SEC, ACC, Big 10, and Big 12 teams to death. Looking back on that team and that time, if someone had asked, “where would UCF football be by the year 2013″, what would you have said? Is UCF making progress? In many ways of course we have. We have a stadium on campus with a nice new basketball arena too. The game day experience for Knights home games is two or three times better than those days. Back then we might have seasons with four home dates, five tops, and none of them against a team you’ve ever heard of. Now we get some tradition rich programs like Missouri, NC State, Miami, Boston College and South Carolina to come into town. Now we are in the same conference as USF, so they cannot duck us anymore. So things are progressing. Here is what we need to ask ourselves:

1. Have we as a program gotten far enough to this point?

2. Where should we be as a program in five, ten, fifteen, twenty years from now?

Because, here is the thing. When we got Culpepper and we were hanging with the “big boys”, I was still a young man.  There was plenty of time to start beating those teams, get to bowls, and even rise to national prominence. But that was nearly two decades ago and guess what? We’re still not there. Oh sure, we did beat NC State once and BC once. The bowl win over Georgia was awesome and the win over Alabama was sweet.  But that is really about all we have to show for over 15 years. I thought we’d have more by now. When you look at the guys we’ve put in the NFL, these guys are stars. Asante Samuel, Brandon Marshall, Josh Sitton, Bruce Miller…etc. And plenty of guys who had their moments too like Sims-Walker, Kevin Smith, Culpepper, Bigby, etc… it seems like we’d be further along. For me, time is not on my side as much as before. I’ll be old soon. I already can’t remember a day when I wasn’t it pain. How much longer am I going to be able to get to the games? 15? 20 more seasons? I look at the last 15 to 20 and look at where we were on the field then and where we are now, and I see a little difference, but not enough to make me think that if the administration does not get serious about this, I will live long enough to see UCF and National Championship mentioned in the same sentence.

That is what all UCF football fans should be hoping for. That before we die, we will see the day when the football world is watching UCF play for something big.  For those of you in your 20s and 30s, no big rush. You’ve got plenty of time. But one thing you will soon find out id, it speeds up on you. Football seasons come and go faster and faster as another 4-8 or 5-7 goes by. And one day you look in the mirror at your mom or dad and realize you don’t have all the time in the world and yet your team is still going to the Beef O’Brady’s Bowl on a good year. So even for you, it would be a good idea to start putting the heat on the administration to get this thing cranked up full blast.


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21

Dec

2012

Bowl Day in St Pete

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I will be watching and rooting for the Knights. I don’t want fans of the team, no matter how they feel about O’Leary to not be excited about the bowls game. Bowl games are still a special thing at UCF. We still are not at a place where we can take them for granted. Some of this is due to the incompetence of O’Leary. OK all of it is. But when we get to one, and we are the only game on national TV tomorrow, we need to play well and win the game. In a way, this might be even better than playing in the Liberty Bowl, because there are other games on that day. Tomorrow, we are it. So for those of us who are heading to the game, scream loud, stand up and have fun! This is the last chance you’ll get to see the Knights play until next September and might be the last bowl game we play in for a long time. GO KNIGHTS!!


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So Northern Illinois is going to the Orange Bowl. Northern Illinois from the MAC. Remember the MAC? It’s the conference we left behind because we felt C-USA was better. What’s the difference between Northern Illinois and Central Florida? Nothing. Other than Central Florida has better high school talent to recruit from, better weather, and better facilities. And a better conference of course. So why is UNI going to play FSU on New Year’s Night in Miami and not UCF? Urban Meyer said after the game in week 2 that UCF was a good football team. He knows a little about good football teams. So why are we not the BCS buster? There is no good reason.

The three games that were the difference between UNI and UCF were Missouri, which we had a late first half screw up and then abandoned the run game in the second half for no apparent reason and lost to one of the few SEC teams not going to a bowl this year, and the two Tulsa games. One was lost by two points, the other in overtime. Both games had plenty of plays where UCF messed up a good thing and managed to lose them. From poor clock management at the end of the half, to not knowing the rules on punt coverage, there were plenty of moments that should be blamed on poor coaching.

What we did this year, and several others with near misses everywhere, and what Northern Illinois did is proof that UCF should be realistically expecting to play in major bowl games at least once in a while. We’ve seen many other “directional schools” crack the big time, even though some of those schools are not named with a direction in them. Schools like TCU and Boise State and Utah made it from non-AQ conferences. Now we actually have one with a name like ours. We have a true directional school in a major bowl game, and it isn’t us. That should not be. And the only explanation is O’Leary. Look at how quickly UNI’s coach was snatched up by an AQ school. O’Leary has been here for nine years. Not once has his name been rumored for a higher profile job. That should be telling us something.

So have fun watching the Orange Bowl knowing the Knights were literally three plays away from being in the game themselves.


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2

Dec

2012

Beef’s Bowl

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So we choked away the C-USA championship and now we are off to St. Pete to plat at the Trop. So let’s see what not knowing how to cover a punt and calling a timeout in the first half cost us.

First, we were embarrassed by making ESPN’s  Top Ten list. Came in at number #6. We will likely make the “Not Top Ten” list later in the week. That will get us in the spotlight. Thanks George.

Had we won we’d be in the Liberty Bowl plating Iowa State, a Big 12 ream. OK it aint Georgia or Mississippi State even. But it’s a school from the BCS AQ conferences. Instead we are playing Ball State from the MAC.

The Beef’s Bowl is in Dec 21. Liberty is Dec 31. So we get ten less days of anticipation. And ten days more of an off season. Thanks George.

Ar least we can all go to this game without spending money on a hotel, so that’s one good thing.


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1

Dec

2012

Choking Away a Championship

By FCOadmin. Posted in The game situations | 4 Comments »

UCF had a championship within it’s grasp and they choked it away. How? Poor coaching. You cannot make a terrible mistake like not killing a live football and letting a guy pick it up and score a cheap touchdown. That’s a bush league mistake. A coach with as many years under his belt as O’Leary has to be better than that! That’s inexcusable! I’ve been saying this for years now and I will say it again, FIRE HIM!! FIRE HIM NOW!! You will never get anywhere in big time college football giving away games like this. NEVER! This game was BLOWN! You let them score at the end of the first half on a drive that should have been stopped. Their coach kept making bonehead decisions not to kick field goals, he’s practically handing the championship tropy to you with a bow on it, and you drop it and smash it into a million pieces.

So now we are playing a bowl game within driving distance from campus at the Trop. I hate to tell people not to show up, but I sure understand why many won’t bother. It’s going to be hard to get excited about playing in this game knowing we choked away the Liberty Bowl bid. Maybe after two off weekends the fury over this game will go away a bit and I’ll feel like catching one more game before the long off-season begins. I don’t know. But right now, I am just disgusted that we had two shots at a glorified high school and couldn’t beat them once.


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17

Nov

2012

Tulsa Game

By FCOadmin. Posted in General | 5 Comments »

We beat this team twice in 2007. And that’s it. They have about as many students as a large high school, and we can’t beat them. Their nickname makes no sense. You’re in OKLAHOMA and your school name starts with a T. HELLO! Tulsa Tornados?? Your mascot is a frigging tornado for crying out loud! But can we beat them? No. We had a shot last year to beat them and fumbled it away, or got stopped inside the five, hell they all run together now there’s been so many of them. All I know is we had a shot at them last year and screwed it up and this year they tried their best to let us win and we said “no, that’s OK. We’d rather come back here in two weeks instead of playing the Championship Game in front of our fans”. That’s if we can win next week. No sure thing.

I can’t figure out how we look so dominant against Akron, East Carolina, SMU and Marshall and then look so flat in games against Missouri, Southern Miss, Memphis, UTEP and Tulsa.  It’s like we have two different teams. Sometimes in the same game. If  “good”  UCF shows up next week and the week after we could win the Championship. After the last two weeks, it’s about time for them to show up.


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28

Oct

2012

Marshall Game

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Wow! Quincy McDuffie! WOW! Latavius Murray! WOW! I don’t know when I’ve seen UCF dominate in a big game like that. Unbelievable job guys. I almost hesitate to say this after a game like that, but THIS is why UCF should not be 50-51 in the first eight years of any coaches tenure. Because that game last night illustrates how much better we are than the teams we play most of the time. We are running basic plays up the gut and the backs go untouched for a touchdown. Not once. But all night long. And Marshall is one of the better teams in C-USA. So why do we dick around in game against this level of competition so often? That’s what is so frustrating about UCF under O’Leary. Does anyone think if we played Missouri again we wouldn’t beat them? Because when we go to the Liberty Bowl and play an SEC team, it might be Missouri again. Or Ole Miss. Or Tennessee. Does anyone feel like we shouldn’t win that game? So how do we lose to them on our home field in stifling heat and humidity?

Again, congrats on the big win last night. It looks like a C-USA Championship Game is in our near future, hopefully at home. Keep up the good work. SMU will be a tough game and might be a preview of the championship game. Hopefully all of us will show up and yell a lot on Saturday. Let’s give the guys a home field advantage in this game. I’ll be there.


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20

Oct

2012

Memphis Game

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Well, we did some good things. The first touchdown drive was excellent. Then we let Memphis run the ball twice and gain about 80 yards. Luckily they screwed up a handoff (with no help from us) or we’re probably 7-7. Then we give them a gift TD in the second quarter and we go into the locker room 14-10 against a 1-5 team. Had it now been for another fumble which was returned for a touchdown in the start of the 4th quarter, we could have been locked in a 21-13 game or even a 21-17 game very easily. So yes we won 35-17, but if you just saw the score without watching the game, we did not dominate the game as much as the score would lead you to believe.

Now we are looking at Marshall, who crushed Southern Miss. You remember Southern Miss right? And then we have SMU that just hung 72 points on Houston. UCF had better put together a complete game, something O’Leary admitted to the announcers of tonight’s game that we have yet to do this season. Why we have not played our best football game yet seven games into the season is, I think, an indictment on our coach. At some point, your job is to get your team to play to their potential. If we haven’t done that yet, then who is not doing his job? We better do it these next two weeks or it won’t matter much if the NCAA upholds our appeal.


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13

Oct

2012

Double OT?

By FCOadmin. Posted in The game situations | 3 Comments »

I’m glad we won the game. But there was no way that game should have gone two overtimes. Up 17-7 our corner jumps the rout, picks off a pass…and falls down! NOBODY in front of him…and he falls down. Can we blame that on coaching? Because I think we should. We end up with zero points off the turnover, next thing you know So Miss runs it right down our throats and it’s a 3 point game. From then on it was a struggle. If we get that pick six it may have broken their backs. (More like probably). Little things like that are often the difference between winning and losing. How many times did we give up first downs in the fourth quarter and overtime on 3rd and 10 or longer? And we had guys running around WIDE OPEN! On obvious passing downs. If we are going to let the quarterback stand there all day, then could we at least cover the receivers?

But the offense looked fantastic in the overtime period, which is a bit surprising after that awful second half. They really stepped it up when we needed it. O-line was opening up some huge holes. It’s tough too when you come out down 7 and you have to score not once, but twice. Was this our first overtime win? Because I can’t think of another one. I remember Culpepper tripping on the center’s foot at Ole Miss when he could have walked into the end zone for a win. I remember Prater missing an extra point in  our first ever bowl game in overtime. I remember losing to USF in overtime the last time we played them. This is the first one I can remember us winning. So that’s a good thing.

But, this team we played is now 0-6. They were 17 point underdogs in this game. And they damn near came into our house and beat us. I hope the Big East doesn’t invite them anytime soon, because O’Leary is now 2-6 against them. At least he learned his lesson about going for two. I was sure glad to see the kicker come out in the first OT to tie the game. FYI, for all you who thought going for two made sense last year, this is why it did not.


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10

Oct

2012

Southern Miss: A Look Back

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Last season, with our bowl eligibility at stake, the Knights went to Southern Miss, a team we can never seem to beat even in our good seasons. With almost no time on the clock, we get the tying touchdown to send the game into overtime, or so we thought. That’s when O’Leary decided to go back to the old days when he had all his faculties and go for two, completely ignoring that we now have overtime in college football. So we lost by one point, rendering a great comeback worthless, and missing out on a bowl.

So this week we have one more shot at Southern Miss, who has yet to win a game this season, before we go on to the Big East. If Southern Miss comes in to our house without a win on the  season and then beats us this year, O’Leary should fired on the spot. East Carolina beat them in Hattiesburg before coming to Orlando and losing by 20 in a game the Knights outscored them 40-6 after giving up two quick touchdowns. There is no excuse for not beating Southern Miss this time. None.

That has been the case many times before however, and still we manage to do it. Just two years ago, during our championship season, we stated the game out much like East Carolina did the other knight. Then we inexplicably stopped playing. Nobody else stopped us all year, but Southern Miss all of a sudden, we couldn’t move the ball on. The first two times we had the ball it looked easy. The rest of the game we couldn’t figure them out. So even though the Golden Eagles are winless, this game still has me a bit worried.


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4

Oct

2012

ECU Game Day

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It’s after midnight, so it’s GAME DAY! I’m going to go to the game and cheer for the Knights. I am hoping we kick ECU’s ass and get C-USA play off to a good start. But make no mistake, if we don’t play well, I will be here ranting about it after the game. And if we do play well, I will still keep the heat on our coach. Because let’s be honest, we should be beating the ECUs of the world. So while a win is nice, we should still have won the Missouri game. A win today doesn’t excuse that loss.


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You can almost set your watch by it. After losing to another BCS AQ school in a game we could have won, George O’Leary says “We have to get over losing to —-. Our #1 goal is to win Conference USA and we still have that goal” or something to that effect. So how many of you, in the fan base, go into every season thinking “We have to win Conference USA”? Or do you go into the season thinking the number one goal is to beat one of the “Big Boys” on the schedule? How many of you would rather beat Ohio State or Missouri and not win C-USA? Of course the best of both worlds is to do both.

But if anyone wonders why we had a half empty stadium on Saturday while playing an SEC team, there it is. Why should people get pumped about playing the big teams if O’ Leary is going to act like losing to them is no big deal? I know it’s beating a dead horse at this point and I am almost hesitant to keep bringing it up, but when O’Leary was hired, he told us we were going to be a Top Ten program. He said if getting into the Top 25 was our wet dream, then he didn’t even want to bother. Well, beating the Missouri’s of the world is part of being a top ten team. You can got 8-0 in C-USA every year, but until, you take down some of the AQ schools, you will be lucky to crack the top 25.

But every year we get this same story when we’re 2-2. It’s “well, our goal is to win the conference and go to a bowl”. But that’s not what you said when we hired you George. And the aggravating thing is, we have the athletes to match up with Missouri. So at some point, we need to win some of these games. And don’t give me Boston College or N.C. State. Those guys are in the ACC and that shouldn’t count.


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30

Sep

2012

The Missouri Game

By FCOadmin. Posted in The game situations | 13 Comments »

First, let me say to the Missouri fans, you’re welcome. Second, Mizzou fans are among the best visiting fans we’ve seen at Bright House Stadium. A very classy bunch of folks, which is not surprising since most of them are St. Louis Cardinal fans, always reported to be among the best fans in sports.

How hot was it yesterday? Noon kickoffs in Central Florida should be against the rules.

Now about the game. The team played well on defense except for two plays where they didn’t wrap up. The punt return was a result of the punter getting off a booming kick (out-kicking his coverage) and the guy who’s job it was to contain on the right side slipping and falling. The result was a long touchdown. Just bad luck. So you can make the argument that we played well enough to win and were a victim of some bad luck out there.

BUT, you’d be wrong. You have to account for a lucky break or two going against you. That is why you cannot afford to waste scoring opportunities. UCF completely dominated the first half of the game. It seemed like ever couple of play we were doing the “and that’s good enough for another UCF…FIRST DOWN!!” thing. We were killing them on the ground. The passing game was working. And we went to the locker room up by…3 points. What the bloody hell was that garbage at the end of the half?? Are we kicking a field goal with :11 left? No wait, let’s run one more play. WHICH I had no problem with. There was a timeout called by Mizzou, so we had time to run a quick play and still kick a field goal. BUT, did nobody tell our quarterback that he absolutely cannot afford a sack on the play? And if not, should they really have to? He is a D-I quarterback. Does he not know the situation?

To make things worse, he had an open receiver at the goal line. If he would have thrown the ball, it was an easy touchdown.

So then we come out in the second half and do what? We totally abandon the run game that was chewing them up in the first half. We decide to run the same screen pass in every third and long, which had no prayer. Here’s a hint George. Screen passes work against the blitz. They do not work if the defense is in pass coverage to prevent a third and ten play. If a team is blitzing you a lot because they can’t get pressure on your QB in their base package, then you screen them to death. Mizzou didn’t need to blitz because we couldn’t block their normal pass rush. Why would they blitz? And so why did you keep calling screens? Did you hear the crowd booing George? They weren’t booing the payers. They were booing your sorry play calling!

Unfortunately there is still no outrage among the fan base. Apathy has set in. We’ve been doing this same dance since the mid 1990s. We were playing SEC teams close in the days of Duante Culpepper. That was 15 years ago. It seems like every year since then has been the same story. We play four non-conference teams. Two will be BCS AQ teams and two will be easy wins. And we’ll go 2-2. In those two losses we’ll hang in there. But we can’t close the deal. O’Leary has been playing this same song for nine years now. He’s a game under .500 over a nine year period. What school that takes its football seriously has a coach around for that long who can’t win more than half his games?

We have an SEC team come in to our house house for the first time ever and we half a half full stadium. Why? Probably because we have a coach who’s 52-53.  A half-ass coach creates a half-ass fan base. We can’t get anybody to raise enough hell to put pressure on a mediocre coach because we’ve accepted this mediocrity. Our facebook page has less then 600 likes on it. That’s pretty sad for a fan base of over 50,000 which is how many have liked UCF Nation’s page. We have a team that’s been playing .500 ball for nine years in a mid-major conference and we barely have over 1% of the fan base pissed off about it? That is why we are where we are. That’s why we play in a half empty stadium and lose games we should be winning, year after year after year. When is enough, ENOUGH?!?

 

 


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6

Sep

2012

Ohio State

By FCOadmin. Posted in The game situations | 1 Comment »

OK so we stomped the crap out of Akron. Nice win for the Knights. But let’s be honest here. Akron is really awful. How many times did they give us the ball in the red zone? I lost count. Handing the ball off at the end of the first half backed up at the five was sheer genius. Scratch Terry Bowden off any future coaches list. Not that he’d have been on any in the first place.

This week, the Knights take on Urban Meyer and the Ohio State Buckeyes. Oddsmakers have instilled OSU as an 18 point favorite. I like UCF to cover this . I think Ohio State is over rated. Several people that watched their game last week say they think UCF can win the game outright. Man would I love to see that.

So much so that I’m thinking if UCF wins on Saturday, the site goes down for the year.

Urban Meyer is a snake in the grass. How can you respect a man that uses his family as an excuse to bail out of one job so he can be there when another job will inevitably open? If you wanted the Ohio State job, you could have just pulled a Lane Kiffin and told the Gators, “Hey, it’s been real, but my dream job just opened up. Gotta go”

That would have been less sleazy than saying you were leaving to spend time with your kids, then immediately taking a job as an ESPN color commentator where you traveled all over the country, then the next year take the Buckeyes job. Question: How does any parent of a high school recruit believe a word that comes out of this guy’s mouth? Go get him George!


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31

Jul

2012

Well This Sucks

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On the day the favorite to win the C-USA Championship, the UCF Knights, start fall practice, their season has been essentially ended by the NCAA. No bowl game nor C-USA Championship Game for the Knights. Play the regular season, then go home. Oh, and it gets even better. This also applies to the basketball team too. YAY! No C-USA tournament, and of course no post season tournament either.

So keeping score now, we have a sub-.500 record, four losing seasons in his eight years, a multi-million dollar loss in a wrongful death suit, and now probation. WHY DOES THIS COACH STILL HAVE A JOB AT UCF?? So he can go for two instead of playing for overtime? So he can lose to FIU? It is time to wake up people! Only we, the fans, have the power to change this. 600 likes on a facebook page to fire this loser will not get it done. It sends a message to the administration that we are indifferent.

If we don’t get busy, we will take this guy with us to the Big East. I know the Big East is not going to be what it once was, but it’s still going to be tougher than C-USA. Does anyone here think we can consistently beat South Florida, Boise State, Cincinnati or Louisville with O’Loser? And now we find out he is a cheater and still can’t get over .500?


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Maybe it’s easier to knock off the big teams in basketball than it is in football, I don’t know. But in two years (not even) Donnie Jones has more notches on his belt than O’Leary does in eight. Now like I said, maybe this is not a fair comparison. Basketball is a game of 5 on 5 with rosters of 13 players per team. Football is 11 on 11 with two separate units with rosters of 85 scholarship players and rosters of over 100. So it stands to reason that the top schools can’t hoard as many players in basketball as they can in football, thus evening the playing field a bit. Still it is pretty impressive the teams UCF basketball has beaten under Donnie Jones in his first two seasons.

USF- Jones beats them his first time out. O’Leary is 0-4.

Miami- O’Leary is 0-2

Florida- O’Leary was beaten 42-0

UConn- the defending national champions. O’Leary I don’t believe has had a shot at a defending champ, but did come close to knocking off Texas two seasons after a national championship.Memphis- a perennial national powerhouse. Not sure if Georgia football measures up but maybe close.

 

Here is what we need to be careful of. Right now UCF is a young program. We have no real identity yet. We could become a “football school” or a “basketball school”. And it is not just up to the athletic department, but also the fans. How do the fans decide? Simple. Let’s say you have enough money to buy season tickets to either football or basketball, but not both. Which do you buy?

At most schools that is a no-brainer. At Duke, Kansas, Indiana, Kentucky, North Carolina, Syracuse or UCLA those fans would pick basketball every time. What do those schools all have in common? Their football teams all suck. Why? Because football players and coaches at the highest level do not like playing second fiddle to basketball players. Look at any high school. They take football more seriously than basketball. A case in point: Kentucky in the 1950s. They had Adolph Rupp coaching basketball and Bear Bryant coaching football. Think about that for a minute.

After a season in the early 1950s (might have been 1950), Kentucky was having their end of the year sports banquet. Bear Bryant who’s football team had a big year was given a gold watch. Rupp was given a Cadillac. Bryant promptly quit his job. Kentucky could have been the Alabama of football. But instead they chose basketball. Their football team has sucked ever since.

But wait? What about Florida? Florida State? Ohio State? Texas? They all have good football and basketball teams. That’s true. But again, in the scenario described above, which would their fans choose? Football. Football is king at all those schools. How are they able to also have good basketball teams? Simple. Basketball players are used to playing second fiddle to football. Look at high school. They have their season first. Every home game is accompanied by a huge pep rally. They have a homecoming game. Basketball has to wait until football is over. They play in front of smaller crowds. They may get a pep rally for the arch rival game.

So if the basketball program continues to impress, and I hope it does, it makes it just that much more important that football keep up. We already joined a basketball first conference. The Big East exists and thrives because of basketball. It would be very easy to throw all our eggs into the basketball basket. Pun intended. If we do, it could cost us football though.

 


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20

Dec

2011

St Pete Bowl Tonight

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FIU who we lost to 17-10 vs. Marshall, who we beat 16-6. Two teams playing in a bowl that UCF should be better than. We already watched schools like La-Lafayette and Ohio win a bowl on Saturday. San Diego State, who the Big East took as a last resort when they added us, played in one of those games. And now we will watch teams like Marshall, SMU, Tulsa and Southern Miss play in Bowl games while we sit home. Thanks George.


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A year ago, Jeff Godfrey was the man. UCF was conference champions and Godfey was a freshman All American. We had three more seasons to look forward to of this exciting play maker at quarterback. And now? One year later, we are not going to a bowl game. UCF has suffered its fourth losing season in eight years and Godfrey is leaving. Godfrey’s story is George O’Leary wanted him to stay in the pocket longer this year.

Some would say “why would a coach want to fool with what is working?” This is a valid point. But in all fairness, standing pat or keeping the “status quo” can sometimes get you into trouble. There is nothing wrong with trying to get better. The trick is as a coach to learn when you need to make improvements or leave well enough alone. Unfortunately it seems, O’Leary missed it with Godfrey. This is not the first time a coach has tried to change a player and ended up totall;y messing him up. There is the story about how the New York Mets took a young Jose Reyes and tried to change the way he ran. He spent most of the next season on the DL with bad hammies.

Sometimes making adjustments can work wonders for a player. Sometimes the opposite happens. A good idea would be to wait until there is a sign there might be a problem BEFORE trying to fix it. So now it looks as if Rob Calabrese may have to go back to QB next season because UCF will likely be every thin at the position. They just lost a recruit at QB to Princeton. With Godfrey leaving that leaves Bortles as the only QB currently on the roster. So in the Spring Game either Calabrese is going to have to QB one of the teams or a true freshman who we don’t even have yet will have to.


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6

Dec

2011

Bowl Time… for Everyone Else

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While watching Southern Miss ruin the season for Houston in the C-USA Championship Game last Saturday, I couldn’t help but think back to the stupid 2 point try in Hattiesburg. UCF was as good as Southern Miss. Yet Southern Miss is wearing the conference crown and going to Hawaii (what happened to the champ going to Memphis?). So now we get to watch all these bowl games with teams we should have or maybe did beat in them.

St Pete= Marshall vs FIU. Beat Marshall. Should have beaten FIU

Hawaii= Southern Miss vs. Nevada. Should have beaten So Miss. Or at least been given the opportunity in OT.

Armed Forces= BYU vs. Tulsa. Should have beaten BYU. Probably should have taken Tulsa to OT.

Ticket City= Houston vs. Penn St. At the beginning of the season, UCF was being talked about as being a possible BCS buster. Instead it was Houston. However, with wins in some of these games we lost because of a fumbled punt or not being able to score in the red zone, or stop a late scoring drive, we could have gotten a shot at them in the C-USA title game. We could’ve been Southern Miss.

BBVA Compass= Pitt vs. SMU. OK SMU smacked us around pretty good. But that was the only loss we had all year that happened in. We could really have been 11-1 very easily and gone to Houston for the Championship Game.

So now sit back and watch all these games and wonder what might have been.


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Nov

2011

Congrats on the Win Over UTEP

By FCOadmin. Posted in General | 6 Comments »

Nice way to end the season especially for the seniors playing their last home game. But, before we get all warm and fuzzy about ending on a positive note, remember that two C-USA Teams are getting ready to play a pretty big game next week, and neither of them is UCF. And that’s OK. Nobody wins their division every year. But what is not ok is there will be five or six C-USA teams getting ready to go play in a bowl game. And NONE of those is UCF. If this didn’t happen 50% of the time, I could look past this. But the fact is, under George O’Leary, it DOES happen half the time. In a world where 6-6 makes you bowl eligible, even when one of those six is against a 1-AA opponent, there is no excuse for a school with the resources that UCF has to not be bowl eligible.

Let’s look back on the reasons UCF is not going to a bowl shall we? Reason #1. WE lose our first game of the season to FIU. FIU?? How do we lose it? We literally fumble it away. We give up the winning TD on a punt muff inside the ten. Not to be outdone, we put a new punt return man in there the next week against BYU and he does the exact same thing. Now, does the coach not bear some responsibility for this? Maybe I can see it happening once, but did you NOT make it clear to the next guy that he had better not do it? How do you lose two games this way, six days apart? Then we get hammered by SMU. Not TCU, not Texas, but SMU.

Then there was the UAB debacle. We lose to a team that was 0-6. Unbelievable.

Then we lose to Tulsa at home. Tulsa has about 450 students and $1.29 athletic budget. Yet every year they seem to be bowl eligible. And every time they play us without Kevin Smith, they whip our ass. In 2005 they whipped it WITH 24k. This time we can’t cover a guy in the red zone and then can’t tackle him. Then we can’t punch it in with a first and goal at the 2 yard line.

Then there was the Southern Miss game.  George gets a gift on a spectacular play by Bortles and Worton to tie the game, no wait, we’re not going to take it, We’re going for two. WHAT?? Have you ever heard one in the hand is worth two in the bush? You extend the game when you can. You DON”T put your team in another do or die play when they just survived a do or die play! If you keep rolling 7s and don’t know when to take your winnings and go home, eventually you are going to roll snake eyes.

And to top it all off, there was the ECU game, which was the last shot at a bowl game, and again we cannot punch it in from inside the ten to tie the game in the last minute.

So now we have taken a quarterback situation that was rock solid this time a year ago and turned it into a mess. Last year Godfrey looked as if he was on his way to stardom. Now we are left to wonder if he’s on his way out the door. Or will he be the starter next spring? Nobody knows. How does this happen? I don’t know. But under O’Leary’s watch, it seems to happen a lot.

Our running hero from the Liberty Bowl last year didn’t get going until the last couple of games this year. And the defense was awesome one week and pitiful the next. And it had little to do with the competition. There were games when for some reason we would forget how to tackle. These issues have got to be coaching. Because players have come and gone. But it keeps happening.

 


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