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O'Leary and the high horse he rode in on.

Posted on: July 21, 2008 9:31 am

Wow, does George O'Leary have a set.

As you'll see below the Central Florida coach is refusing to speak to the Orlando Sentinel for what he says are errors in its coverage of Ereck Plancher's death. By the way, O'Leary, in Mike Gundyesque fashion, has refused to name those "errors." 

Of course, if there is anyone who knows about misinformation it should be O'Leary. Let's not the forget that the only reason he's at UCF is because of that little scandal at Notre Dame. O'Leary had years to own up to his little white lies and didn't. The Sentinel is begging him to tell it what it did wrong. Instead, O'Leary is pouting and acting like Harry High School. The coach has dragged this issue into the gutter by refusing to speak to Sentinel reporters at Conference USA media days. If they sit at a roundtable with other reporters, the interviews are over.

Classy, George. Punish everyone for the perceived slights of one.

Where is AD Keith Tribble to tell O'Leary to cut this crap out right now now?

Where is Conference USA commissioner Britton Banowsky to privately tell O'Leary to cooperate during one of the conference's signature events?

So now we're down to a pissing match. O'Leary has aliented the hometown newspaper. This might be different if the Sentinel had an agenda or had actually gotten stuff wrong, but the paper has professionally covered this story from the start.

UCF staffers are the ones that look bad. They have mismanaged the information to the public from the start. Coaches have a bad track record of trying to control the media. They look oafish and amateurish. They are out of their element.

The media, UCF and O'Leary won't have to wait much longer. This is small stuff compared to when the Plancher eventually files its lawsuit against everyone who even drove by the UCF campus the day their son died.

The news:

O'Leary declines to talk with Sentinel at C-USA media days

Iliana Limón
Orlando Sentinel
21 July 2008

UCF football coach George O'Leary declined to talk with the Orlando Sentinel at the Conference USA media days. He also did not let players Pat Brown and Joe Burnett grant interviews to the newspaper. Ryan Powell, who handles media relations for the UCF football program, also said O'Leary refused to speak with any other members of the media if a Sentinel reporter was at his table during other interviews.

O'Leary said during his Florida Sports Writers Association media day press conference Thursday that he would not speak with the Sentinel corrects errors in its coverage of UCF football player Ereck Plancher's death. The Sentinel has repeatedly asked UCF to point out specific errors so that the newspaper could investigate the problem and publish corrections, but O'Leary and UCF officials have declined the newspaper's request.

The reaction:

Category: NCAAF

Since: Jul 21, 2008
Posted on: July 21, 2008 4:56 pm

O'Leary and the high horse he rode in on.


You obviously have not read even one of the Slantinel "reports," if you can even call them that. They have basically come out and said that GOL killed Ereck, which of course is not true. If you have actually read any of the stories you would know what GOL is doing is right. And UCF completely supports him in his actions. Do us a favor, before you take sides, like the Slantinel, why don't you read the facts, and then read the accusations the Slantinel have made. How about you be a real reporter and do a little research before you drag a good man through the mud, like you friends at the Slantinel have.

Since: Oct 7, 2007
Posted on: July 21, 2008 3:22 pm

O'Leary and the high horse he rode in on.

and now to correct myself, i meant slobberknocker and LSU

Since: Oct 7, 2007
Posted on: July 21, 2008 3:19 pm

O'Leary and the high horse he rode in on.

okay, slobber maker, to correct you, Jim Tressel is the most boring head coach, not the best.

If he were the best, he would have been able to beat Florida and JSU in the nat' championship....but he didnt.

If a coach cant win the NC with the ridiculous slew of players that commit to OSU then he is definately not the best coach in college football.

Down witht the sweater vest!

Since: Sep 12, 2006
Posted on: July 21, 2008 12:02 pm

O'Leary and the high horse he rode in on.


Please make the correction...

JIM TRESSEL is the #1 head coach according to your own poll by community posters, not sneaky Pete. 

Check out the poll for the puddin.


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