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Volcano won’t prevent Penn State-UCF from being played


Football coaches meticulously prepare for nearly every situation. The possibility of having a game postponed due to volcanic activity isn’t one of them.

The Croke Park Classic, which will be played between the Penn State Nittany Lions and UCF Knights in Dublin, Ireland, is in jeopardy due to potential travel restrictions that may or may not be caused by an active volcano. The Bárdarbunga volcano in Iceland appears to be in the beginning stages of an eruption. If the volcano does erupt, thousands of flights to Europe will be cancelled.

Both teams currently plan on making the trip, but there are “alternative plans” in place if they can’t make the trip.

“In all of my life, I never worry about things I have no control over,” UCF head coach George O’Leary told “I have no control over a volcano, electricity, hurricanes. I don’t worry about them. We have alternative plans. If that occurs, then that’s something that occurs. You can’t fly, you can’t fly. Right now we’re getting ready to hit somebody else and get to Ireland.”

UCF plans to depart for Dublin at 7 p.m. Tuesday. Penn State has the same plans.

O’Leary wouldn’t describe exactly what he meant by alternative plans, but the two teams could meet at Bright House Networks Stadium in Orlando after playing in State College last year.

If the teams have to change plans, it would be especially disappointing for Penn State. The trip was originally scheduled as a reward for the members of the team that stayed after the NCAA handed down bowl sanctions due to the Jerry Sandusky scandal.

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11 Responses to “Volcano won’t prevent Penn State-UCF from being played”
  1. bonnovi says: Aug 23, 2014 9:01 PM

    At least they don’t have to fly over any conflict zones.

  2. youcantmakemepickausername says: Aug 23, 2014 9:39 PM

    Kind of ironic that the guy who wanted to play this game in Ireland more than anyone, Bill O’ Brien, now has nothing to do with it. (And im not saying that to take a shot at him, he guided us well through the worst shitstorm in the history of college sports and I wish him nothing but the best with the Texans)

  3. lastdukestreetking says: Aug 23, 2014 9:56 PM

    A lot of UCF fans here in Orlando were totally pissed off that the gave away their home game in this series for a fistful of dollars. Kinda ironic if the game ended up being here…

  4. brownsmakemecrazy says: Aug 23, 2014 10:24 PM

    Im sure 10s of fans will be watching this matchup. Penn State was hoping it would be cancelled, so they wouldnt lose again to UCF.

  5. canetic says: Aug 23, 2014 11:43 PM

    Ireland is the real loser in this situation.

  6. brownsmakemecrazy says: Aug 24, 2014 6:09 AM

    Penn State doesn’t want to play in Orlando. It would look bad to lose not only at home but also on the road to a non – power 5 team.

    Wait they play in the Little 14, that’s embarrassing enough.

  7. jec332 says: Aug 24, 2014 1:05 PM


    You’re so angry. I guess all those years of the Browns being an absolutely worthless franchise has made you bitter. I don’t blame you. I’d hate life too if I followed that team.

  8. musketmaniac says: Aug 24, 2014 2:28 PM

    jec, I heard their was a senior citizens home outside of Philly where they hate penn state and have killer anti jo pa parties, you may want to go stop those youngsters for having too good of a time

  9. jec332 says: Aug 24, 2014 2:37 PM


    Come to get your PSU fill for the day. It’s taking less and less time for you to get bored with your Mountaineers and need to come discuss Penn State. The amount of time you spend obsessively following Penn State, are you really even able to say you’re a WVU fan anymore?

  10. musketmaniac says: Aug 25, 2014 4:36 PM

    jec I am a football fan more importantly I gamble, normally a successful year is when I get on a certain team and have a good run of luck/skill. I have had tremendous success betting for and against penn state. lately more against but I did hit some the games you have covered. my best year was Michigan and rich rod first year, that was nice. and since I have enjoyed arguing with you. ill give you an honest insight. I don’t hate psu because of the scandal, I do however loathe the beatings we took at the nittanys and paterno hands in the past. The biggest displeasure of those years were the fact that for someone reason jo pa enjoyed running up the score on us. Now on a more personal note my dad was a paterno fan and a bigger fan of jerry Sandusky always reminding people that his defense won championships. Although ten years before the scandal an Atlantic city black jack dealer told me at the table Sandusky was a pedophile. my biggest problem with the scandal wasn’t the scandal it was the way the psu community responded from the scandal. that is where `we are penn state` really lost it’s luster along with it’s respect.

  11. jec332 says: Aug 25, 2014 5:32 PM

    I’m sorry it lost it’s luster with you, but it didn’t with those that matter.

    It’s disappointing that you’re mad about the community’s response. I think a bunch of not guilty people acting like they’re not is acceptable. The PSU community, myself included, doesn’t owe you an apology.

    You can be mad, but if you think the luster is lost for those left then that’s your issue. We’re going to continue to be a great school regardless.

    I’ve never really cared about WVU enough to follow the school, so I don’t have a similar story.

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