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UCF-USF could pick up series again as soon as next season


Depending on what happens in the next week or so with Big East expansion, Central Florida could be a member of a new conference as early as 2013, the Orlando Sentinel reports today.

With Idaho’s State Board of Education voting today to pass Boise State’s motion to change conference affiliation, it looks like things are beginning to fall into place for the Big East as they attempt to rebuild from the losses of Pitt and Syracuse to the ACC, as well as TCU and West Virginia to the Big 12.

Central Florida figures to be part of those plans, but school president John Hitt said that if the Knights will obey Conference USA exit procedures, which include a $7 million buyout. The earliest UCF could compete in the Big East is 2013.

“I think their expectation is that we’ll honor that contract,” Hitt said. “And if that’s what they think ought to happen, that’s what we’ll do.”

But UCF might be able to play a current Big East team and former rival as early as next year. Hitt added that he had been in discussions with USF athletic director Doug Woolard about renewing their series in 2012 because of scheduling issues.

“He was very cordial and even said, `Look, we may have a vacancy on our schedule next year. Maybe we could start that series next year,'” Hitt said. “There’s no reason we can’t have a good rivalry where we fight it out on the field, but there’s a lot of mutual respect.”

The two teams have met only four times before, with USF winning all four games.

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8 Responses to “UCF-USF could pick up series again as soon as next season”
  1. bucsraysboltsfan says: Nov 3, 2011 11:58 PM

    Former head-butting coach Jim Levitt had said that the series was one-sided and should be ended. Awful decision on his part, because it was a budding rivalry for both cities. Orlando and Tampa hold no love for one another. Bravo to USF for cleaning Levitt’s mess…again

  2. aetherthe says: Nov 4, 2011 6:10 AM


    Don’t be mistaken, Leavitt was following the orders of Judy Genshaft on that one. In fact, comments made by Stan Heath indicate that she also pulled the plug on the basketball series with UCF. She was also one of the most vocal opponents to UCF’s medical school.

    I’m certainly glad to see that she came to her senses though on admitting UCF into the Big East.

  3. ancientcougar says: Nov 4, 2011 8:54 AM

    If Texas had any sense, they would have picked Houston, who has a much better w/l record against them than TCU.

  4. orthomarine says: Nov 4, 2011 10:17 AM

    I don’t mind playing UCF, the problem is their younger fans are just ridiculous. The two times we played in Orlando-there was just to many stories and problems with fights and flying objects…

  5. fcmlefty1 says: Nov 4, 2011 11:05 AM

    Hey UT-TAMU and Mizzou-Kansas: This is how to behave, one way or another, when dealing with a rival/potential rival. You show them respect and deal with each other in what appears to be a rational behavior. Instead of the dick size contest you guys seem to want to have…

  6. vgiord1227 says: Nov 4, 2011 3:13 PM

    I love how the tune has changed. First everyone and their mother would make you think that USF wanted nothing to do with UCF. Now we hear that it was USF who asked the BE to consider UCF, per UCF’s AD. And now we are hearing that USF will possibly play UCF a year early which is not a mandate by the BE.

    How about giving just a little credit to USF?

  7. grudenthediva says: Nov 4, 2011 4:05 PM

    “The two times we played in Orlando-there was just to many stories and problems with fights and flying objects…”

    Same could be said for USF fans. I have several from UM Law who came up for the game last year and said they had everything from beer to spit flung at them. Too many USF “fans” think that a couple of fluke out of conference victories make them high and mighty when clearly they aren’t. You know the way you guys look down at UCF? That’s the way UF, FSU and UM feel about you.

  8. burnsy says: Nov 4, 2011 4:15 PM

    BREAKING: Every college has d*ckhead fans.

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