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UCF Football was Failed By Many, Including their Own Conference 

UCF’s 2017 National Championship ring. Photo Credit: Twitter.com/@UCF_Football

 
The UCF Knights hosted their first spring under new head coach Josh Heupel. A few minutes before the game, the team showed highlights from the 2017 season on the jumbotron at Spectrum Stadium in east Orlando. They also hung a banner celebrating their 13-0 undefeated season. The players and coaches also received gaudy, diamond covered championship rings to not only commemorate the perfect season, but American Athletic Conference title, Peach Bowl Championship and self proclaimed National title.
While Knights’ fans and alums love it. The pettiness of the Knight’s athletic department is rubbing people outside of central Florida the wrong way. 

The Knight’s argument is that they beat the Auburn Tigers, the only team to beat the College Football Playoff National Champion Alabama Crimson Tide. Maybe they could have gotten away with claiming the Championship in the 1990’s when two different team’s finished number one in the Associated Press poll and Coaches polls following the bowl season. Just go look up the 1997 season that ended with the Florida Gators and Michigan Wolverines claiming the national crown. That season is what eventually led to the Bowl Championship Series (BCS). However, the College Football Playoff is the new system in place to decide who is the number one team in the land, and UCF wasn’t invited.

I agree UCF was screwed out of a shot to play for the title and prove how good they were on the field. The finger should be solely pointed at the thirteen people on the College football playoff committee for them not getting that chance. They are the ones who are supposed to know the game of football, watch all of the games throughout the season and judge what teams are playing the best, and deserving of one of those coveted final four spots. 

Former UCF Head Coach, now at Nebraska, said during the 2017 season he wouldn’t campaign for a high ranking in the weekly College Football Playoff rankings because he wanted to focus on each game in front of the Knights. He was right, and it wouldn’t have looked good for Knight’s Athletic Director Danny White to beat the school’s chest either.

But the finger should be pointed at the head coaches of the thirteen teams the Knights defeated, as well as the Athletic Directors at the schools of the American Athletic Conference and Michael Aresco, the Commissioner of the AAC. 

Each Tuesday night the CFP committee disrespected the Knights in those rankings, the aforementioned people should have been pounding the table about how good UCF really is, and why the committee should have shown coach Frost and his team more respect. It would’ve been in their benefit to stomp for UCF, because of the money the conference would’ve received with a Knight’s CFP invitation. But also, the legitimacy it would have brought to the entire conference out of the obscurity of being a mid-major or “Group of Five.” Even though those schools lost to UCF in 2017, it would have been a victory for the AAC.

2017 should be a lesson for future seasons when a mid-major program has a run like the Knights to give them a realistic shot they earned on the field at a National title. But, this also may be a call to action on the need to expand the playoffs to six games­­, which many are in favor of. Five slots for the Power Five conferences (ACC, B1G, PAC-12, SEC, BIG 12) and one at-large spot for a team from a “Group of Five” like UCF. I don’t think anyone would have a problem with this, and the committee would still get the weekly controversy over the selections they obviously want. Most importantly, you wouldn’t have the embarrassment of leaving out the only undefeated team in the sport and them crowning themselves as champions. 

Photo Credit: Twitter.com/@UCF_Football

  

Photo Credit: Twitter.com/@UCF_Football

 

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How Long Can UCF Keep Scott Frost From Nebraska?

UCF’s Frost is the hottest coach in the NCAA, and his alma mater Nebraska may come calling. Photo Courtesy: College Football News

The 22nd ranked (Associate Press) UCF Knights steamrolled to 5-0 with a 63-21 victory on Saturday night against East Carolina. At the same time, Head Coach Scott Frost’s Alma Mater, Nebraska, endured a 56-14 loss to the Ohio State Buckeyes, further increasing the heat on current Head Coach Mike Riley’s seat.

Nebraska has been in search of an athletic director after firing Shawn Eichorst, who had been with the program since 2012, back in September. With a new A.D. on the way, it’s likely he or she will be looking to hire a new coach for the cash cow that is the football program. The name on everyone’s lips to eventually replace Riley in Lincoln is Scott Frost.

See, Frost is a link to the most recent successful time in Cornhusker history that fans, alums, boosters and faculty are yearning for. UCF’s second year head coach was the starting quarterback for Nebraska’s 1997 squad that won a share of the National Championship, their last in school history. He was also Graduate Assistant coach under Frank Solich who replaced legendary coach Tom Osborne.

The 42-year old leader of the Knights has quickly put his stamp on his program in central Florida and has drawn high praise for taking a team that finished 0-12 the season before he arrived, to a bowl game in his rookie campaign and now at 5-0 is having the best season they’ve had since 2013 when the team finished 12-1 and Fiesta Bowl Champions.

Frost has learned the game at the feet of legends having played for Osborne, Bill Walsh, Bill Parcells, Bill Belichick and John Gruden, while having coached under Chip Kelly and Mark Helfrich in the hyper-advanced Oregon offense that won Marcus Mariota a Heisman and got them to a National Championship game in 2014. He’s brought all that knowledge to Orlando and its impressed many, especially his old school, with how quickly he’s turned the Knights around. 

Look closely at what he’s done in a short time. The Knights lead the American Athletic Conference in points per game at 50.6, having put up 60+ points twice, 51 in another and scoring no less than 38, while holding their opponents 16.8 points per game which also leads the AAC. They’re also first in the AAC in total offense, gaining 547.2 yards per game. Where do these numbers rank nationally? The 547.2 yards of total offense is 5th in the NCAA, the 50.6 points per game ranks first in the country, and the 16.8 points per game given up on defense ranks 14th nationally. The Knights are getting it done in all phases of the game, something the Cornhuskers desperately need.

If the Knights’ continue on their current run, the Nebraska job would likely be Frost’s to turndown. And, if he wanted the job who could blame him? Look around the landscape of college football and several alums are heading up their cherished programs. Mark Richt has made his way back to south Florida and the University of Miami. Jim Harbaugh is in year three at Michigan. Kirby Smart is in year two at Georgia. All of them are doing very well and are firmly in the national championship chase. Coaches are highly competitive creatures, why wouldn’t Coach Frost believe he can do for his alma mater what the previously mentioned men have done at their schools?

It just sucks for UCF because this is a program with the immense talent in the Sunshine State, especially in central Florida, which should be a destination, not a stepping-stone. Just maybe not for this ball coach.