Posted on: November 1, 2010 11:24 pm
Posted by Chip Patterson
On the field, the Big East has failed to make a dent in the national scene this year. The conference has been openly criticized by many, and with just a month left in regular season play there is not a single Big East team in the current Top 25. Off the field, the presidents and athletic directors are gathering this week to work on changing their reputation. It is being reported by several sources that one of the hot topics to be covered in this meeting is a "probable expansion."
The regularly scheduled meeting will likely be tense with debate as the football-playing members of the conference will be pushing to expand the eight team conference, possibly by including current national powerhouse TCU. A New York Post report indicated that TCU and Central Florida are both very interested, with Houston, Temple, and Villanova also being mentioned as leading candidates.
"The goal is to get the presidents' blessing to seriously pursue teams," said one Big East athletic director. "I don't think we're going to get pushback on that."
If they do get the green-light, sources are reporting that invitations could be offered by the end of this college football season. But getting everyone involved to rally around expansion may not be easy for the non-football schools in the conference. Adding a team to the football conference would likely mean adding them to the already vast 16 team conference from many of the non-football sports.
Posted on: October 19, 2010 7:58 pm
Posted by Adam Jacobi
It's hard to imagine, but in Central Florida's relatively scant 15-year history in FBS (nee I-A) football, the Golden Knights have fielded one of the most productive quarterbacks in NCAA history and a tailback that had one of the two best single seasons for a rusher ever. That quarterback is Daunte Culpepper, who passed for over 11,000 yards and rushed for over 1,000 more all in one game during his four-year career at UCF, and who had his number retired by the school so quickly, Culpepper hadn't even been drafted in that spring's NFL draft yet.
The tailback, meanwhile, is current Detroit Lion Kevin Smith, who just three years ago set college football ablaze with an absurd 2,567 yards rushing and 30 touchdowns in just one season. Only Barry Sanders has ever put together a better year, and his 2,628 yard, 37 touchdown performance (in just 11 games!) in 1998 was so absurd that it shouldn't even count anymore.
Unlike Culpepper, Smith's number hasn't officially been retired; currently, it's being worn by sophomore tailback Brendan Kelly. The jersey, however, is set to be commemorated at Homecoming this weekend for UCF:
As the school goes on to explain, the ceremony won't remove Smith's and Burnett's numbers from usage (Culpepper's 8 and Densch's 1, on the other hand, are retired completely); that might sound a tad unfair to Smith, but let's remember, the traitor left after his junior season to go to the NFL. Further, the school's commemorating every player who gains first-team All-American and C-USA player of the year, so eventually, they'd run out of a suitable amount of numbers for the entire team to share. Yes, that would take decades, maybe even centuries, and there's really no telling whether Skynet allows humans to play 85-man college football once the robot takeover is complete. But maybe Skynet's got that little bit of benevolence* in it, and that's a contingency UCF needs to prepare for going forward.
*My editors assure me it does not.