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USF, UCF to renew "War on I-4"?

Posted on: April 29, 2011 12:11 pm

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

UCF and USF may share a big chunk of middle Florida, but it hasn't seemed like they've wanted to share a lot else of late; between the Bulls' public distaste for scheduling the Knights to UCF's not-so-subtle insinuation USF was trying to keep them out of the Big East, tensions between the two athletic programs have unquestionably risen since the teams' four-year gridiron series ended in 2008.

But tensions or no, that series may be back on again if UCF head coach George O'Leary is to be believed. Per the Orlando Sentinel and other outlets, O'Leary told a Tampa-area UCF alumni gathering that the Knights and Bulls would meet again for a two-year series starting "in 2014 or 2015," with an eye (well, UCF's eye, anyway) on continuing the series past those two years.

We wouldn't suggest UCF and USF start booking their hotels for Tampa or Orlando just yet, though, and not just because of that whole "those hotels might not even be standing in 2014" thing. An alumni gathering isn't the most formal of venues to make such a key announcement, suggesting that whatever O'Leary may have said, not all the i's are dotted and the t's are crossed just yet. A UCF spokesperson declined to confirm Thursday night if any agreement had been reached between the two schools.

The guess here is that the programs are close to signing a scheduling contract, and that O'Leary wanted to go ahead and give his team's fans some good news -- in particular as regards theur standing vis a vis USF -- as they wait on a potential expansion invite from the Big East. 

But we're also guessing that until an announcement is made in a more official venue, with the ink on the contract, neither side should assume the "War on I-4" is back on just yet.


Since: Sep 6, 2012
Posted on: September 23, 2012 1:48 pm

USF, UCF to renew "War on I-4"?

It doesn't matter now....all that talk...cuz it's ON!!!!

Since: Sep 5, 2009
Posted on: May 15, 2011 12:58 pm

USF, UCF to renew "War on I-4"?

UCFanatic, breathe.

Like you, I am a UCF fan, but there is no need to get upset. I have been reading different forums and how the Big East should or should not expand or who to take if they do. I have heard from teams such as Nova, USM, Houston, ECU to the likes of Kansas, Kansas State, and Missori.  Does it really matter. If these are the teams that are being bounced around, should UCF allow itself to want to be in a conference that will be average at best or wait  and prove themselves worthy of a conferece that will not be picked apart as I think the Big East will be (and alot of those teams will be stuck without a football BCS conference.


Since: May 1, 2011
Posted on: May 1, 2011 9:56 pm

USF, UCF to renew "War on I-4"?

Your post says it all. UCF ALL TALK, NO ACTION.  stay classy my friend dont let that "quality" education go to waste

Since: Nov 28, 2010
Posted on: May 1, 2011 6:56 pm

USF, UCF to renew "War on I-4"?

USF fans are pompous trash. You guys think you are so superior. I so hope we get the AQ tag and the field is level in terms of recruiting and money. No one will want to go to your trash school with your crap facilities and no on-campus stadium. Give us a couple years with in an AQ conference and we will cannabilize your school. If a recruit visits USF and then visits UCF they will beg to go to UCF. Our campus has so much more to offer. Without the AQ, your school has nothing. No wonder you are begging the Big East to not allow us in because there will no longer be an advantage and recruits will ignore your trash school full of jean short wearing Eminem wanna be's.  

Since: May 1, 2011
Posted on: May 1, 2011 12:30 am

USF, UCF to renew "War on I-4"?

Wow where do I start.
 First off USF has beaten BOTH Miami and FSU in the past two years. It is also 4-0 vs UCF including a 64-12 beat down the year UCF made it to the CUSA championship game.
So stop drinking the Kool Aid and ACTUALLY beat someone before you go around bragging about what you have done.

Since: Sep 1, 2008
Posted on: April 30, 2011 1:30 pm

USF, UCF to renew "War on I-4"?

USF should just get of that high pony like they actually have made it to a BCS game recently. It really says something when your the only Florida team and your recruiting one of the the worst classes in the conference and not one but two conference USA teams are in the top 50 and USF is not.

UCF being in their conference or not does not defeat the fact that UCF is still going to out recruit them regardless because it's plain just a better school in a better city. There's really no reason they should be playing FAU and Florida A&M before UCF. Ill give them not scheduling Florida, FSU, and Miami because USF knows they probably can't win.

Their logic is just like if Utah took BYU of their schedule. Ruin one of the few real rivalries for easy wins against FCS and D2 teams.

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