Tonight pivotal, UCF coach says

Tonight pivotal, UCF coach says

There are 24 comments on the Orlando Sentinel story from Oct 28, 2007, titled Tonight pivotal, UCF coach says. In it, Orlando Sentinel reports that:

As a tough October stretch for UCF makes its final stop at Southern Mississippi tonight, Coach George O'Leary is still excited about the opportunities his team has left this season.

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UCFAlumni

Polk City, FL

#1 Oct 28, 2007
This is a pivotal game and EVERY play counts. It's a nine hour drive to Hattiesburg. I'll be there in eight!

GO KNIGHTS!

PS:
Elon won, Heffers lost. Life is good.
Knightshift

Ferndale, FL

#2 Oct 28, 2007
Actually, USM beat ECU. A win by USM tonight, and they control their own destiny in the CUSA East. A win by UCF and ECU controls their own fate (with us nipping at their heels). Let's hope the UCF team that has racked up an average of 42 pts at home will take that mentality on the road.
Coach Hater

Palm Bay, FL

#3 Oct 28, 2007
O'Leary needs to understand that every game is pivital in terms of his continued employment. A loss tongiht means I (and others) will be howling for his head in the in these forums.
Seminole Hall Grad

Sun City, FL

#4 Oct 28, 2007
Big games. Other than the World Series, there's no sports to watch but UCF. I think this could be a fairly large national audience tonight. Let's hope the boys make a good show of it and kick some butt.
Jau

Oviedo, FL

#5 Oct 28, 2007
UCF is 0-2 against Southern Miss on ESPN. Time for the boys to notch a huge conference win and huge national TV win. A loss tonight will end any chance of a conference title for UCF.

My question is, who's going to stop ECU? They demolished UAB, and only have Memphis and Tulane to go.
Coach Hater

Palm Bay, FL

#6 Oct 28, 2007
Seminole Hall Grad wrote:
...Other than the World Series, there's no sports to watch but UCF. I think this could be a fairly large national audience tonight. Let's hope the boys make a good show of it and kick some butt.
I have to agree with you. Given BosSox pounding of the Rockies last nite, I think there are a lot of people that will be looking for football to watch. History however, is not on our side. UCF typically shows the national TV audience that it is a second-half melt down kinda' team. I hope we change our national TV fortunes.
Not gonna happen

Orlando, FL

#7 Oct 28, 2007
UCF will go into Southern Miss tonight and get their butts handed to them. O'Leary doesn't care about trying to make UCF competitive. Why UCF extended his contract after one good season, without waiting to see if it was a fluke, is beyond me. Even that "magical" season when UCF won the CUSA East, they didn't really beat anyone with a good record. The games they played against 'quality' teams like Souhtern Miss and Tulsa, they lost.

O'Leary came down to UCF because he wanted one last gig before retiring. You guys were just so happy to be getting a "name" coach, that you were all too willing to throw tons of money at him and his coaching staff. There were probably at least half a dozen other coaches available that would have been much better for UCF, but they didn't have the name recognition that you wanted.
Gary

Utica, KY

#9 Oct 28, 2007
Not gonna happen wrote:
UCF will go into Southern Miss tonight and get their butts handed to them. O'Leary doesn't care about trying to make UCF competitive. Why UCF extended his contract after one good season, without waiting to see if it was a fluke, is beyond me. Even that "magical" season when UCF won the CUSA East, they didn't really beat anyone with a good record. The games they played against 'quality' teams like Souhtern Miss and Tulsa, they lost.
O'Leary came down to UCF because he wanted one last gig before retiring. You guys were just so happy to be getting a "name" coach, that you were all too willing to throw tons of money at him and his coaching staff. There were probably at least half a dozen other coaches available that would have been much better for UCF, but they didn't have the name recognition that you wanted.
You really do know nothing about football..jerk..
probably either pissed off that your precious gayturds lost...again..or your some pissed off humbled usf fan that so desperately wants to claim to be the best team in Florida but cannot due to back to back losses to Rutgers and UConn...Pathetic
Coach Hater

Palm Bay, FL

#10 Oct 28, 2007
Not gonna happen wrote:
UCF will go into Southern Miss tonight and get their butts handed to them. O'Leary doesn't care about trying to make UCF competitive. Why UCF extended his contract after one good season,...is beyond me...O'Leary came down to UCF because he wanted one last gig before retiring...There were probably at least half a dozen other coaches available that would have been much better for UCF, but they didn't have the name recognition...
I concur with most of your observations regarding O'Leary's tenure and compensation. But I don't want to predict that we will get our @$$es handed to us tonight. I'm soooo tired of phone calls from my friends and relatives during ESPN games about how sorry they are that my school is losing so badly. Trouble is, they're calling two minutes into the second half. We've got to win on the road before a national TV audience or we aren't going to be a credible program, even at the C-USA level.
Coach Hater

Palm Bay, FL

#11 Oct 28, 2007
Gary wrote:
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You really do know nothing about football..jerk..
probably either pissed off that your precious gayturds...blah, blah, blah...
Gary, he's right. O'Leary is not the coach for us, but administrative exhuberance has got us financially stuck with him.

George is an ego maniac that wants a college legacy for his gigantic ego. He wants to have "George O'Leary Field at Brighthouse Network Stadium" He wants to see a statute of himself erected in IOA Plaza. He sees himself as some kind of reinvented Bobby Bowden or Bear Bryant and UCF is going to be the vehicle to propel his to coaching superstardom. He has delusions of grandure that are compeltely out of sync with his actual ability to coach.
Woohoo

Orlando, FL

#12 Oct 28, 2007
I like that people think O'Leary can turn the Knights into USC in five years. He's establishing a strong program, he's got the facilities in place to pull in talent and get the fans into it. The team is still rather young, mostly soph. and fresh. and the recruits get better every year. This isn't Florida a new coach can't just take over where the other left off (or with the current situation Meyer struggles without Zook's team).
Anyway, its obvious O'leary has done a lot for the team and even if they don't win this year, four years from now, if O'leary stays we, will be dominating the C-USA --that's if we don't get called up to a BCS conference.
Gary

Utica, KY

#13 Oct 28, 2007
Coach Hater wrote:
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Gary, he's right. O'Leary is not the coach for us, but administrative exhuberance has got us financially stuck with him.
George is an ego maniac that wants a college legacy for his gigantic ego. He wants to have "George O'Leary Field at Brighthouse Network Stadium" He wants to see a statute of himself erected in IOA Plaza. He sees himself as some kind of reinvented Bobby Bowden or Bear Bryant and UCF is going to be the vehicle to propel his to coaching superstardom. He has delusions of grandure that are compeltely out of sync with his actual ability to coach.
Who do you suppose UCF should have as their coach?
What exactly are your expectations for UCF's program, realistically...15 minutes of fame like USF...or will you be happy with winning C-USA each year? Should we be competing for a Natl Championship each year...a BCS bowl...come on..what? Do you honestly think we could get a high profile guy like Urban Myth..I mean Meyer. Or maybe we can convince Rodriquez to leave WVU and settle in scenic O-Town. The talent level at UCF is steadily improving each year under O'Leary because of "name" recognition mostly...not because UCF is some bastion of college football pageantry. Name recognition is EXACTLY what UCF needs...forget about weather or not he's the best coach, or if he has some other agenda for being at UCF. His "name" is bring some "name" recognition to our program. When I was at UCF (alumni 2000), the fans had to be coached as to when to scream (when the other team is 3rd and long) and when not to scream (when we have the ball and it is 3rd and long). Cullpepper et al. started the UCF uprising into legitimate DI college football, and O'leary is successfully continuing the progression into a respectable football program. Like it or not...UCF sucked for the most part before O'leary...And I don't remember the old Wayne Densch center being as attractive to recruits as the new facilities...which certainly were not built by deep pocketed alumni who were convinced into donating to the University at least in part because of the O'leary "name". What's your agenda? Why are YOU so negative?
Cheers!
Gary

Utica, KY

#14 Oct 28, 2007
Coach Hater wrote:
O'Leary needs to understand that every game is pivital in terms of his continued employment. A loss tongiht means I (and others) will be howling for his head in the in these forums.
Yeah...because god forbid if UCF only wins 7 or 8 games this year. UCF fans and alumni, like Coach Hater (I guess I am not sure if he is either a fan or an alumni), are fools to expect 10 wins in any year. USM is a quality football program, and if UCF loses, so be it, they are improving...in large part due to O'Leary.
Jau

Oviedo, FL

#15 Oct 28, 2007
These O'leary haters need to take a step back and look at the other head coaches in Florida. Urban Meyer took over a National Championship team built by Ron Zook and has now lost 3 SEC games, and may lose one more to the 'Ole Ball Coach before the season is over. Bobby Bowden has peaked and is on the downward spiral with the 'Noles looking pathetic. Jim Leavitt has done good things, but the man is a GD moron (anyone catch his postgame conference last night? He is a jerk, and I know the reporters in that press conference will never have anything else good to say about him). Miami is grossly under acheving under Randy Shannon.

Meanwhile, O'leary took THE WORST team in college football (Yes, UCF was the WORST team in the nation just 3 years ago), and put them in a conference championship game within 1 year. UCF is again in the running for a champ game, and is still young and growing team. Let's see where we're at come November 25th, and then see what we can do next year. If UCF falls on their face, then the questions should pour in, but right now O'leary is still moving the team forward.

I will agree though, O'leary really screwed up the game against USF, but keep in mind that USF coaches gave their players three goals, one of which was BEAT UCF! That game was their season, and a game they had in their minds all year. O'leary is not a nutcase, and takes a week-by-week approach, and that is what is going to get us to a bowl, a conference championship, and eventually a top 25 ranking.
Jau

Oviedo, FL

#16 Oct 28, 2007
And remember, UCF beat BCS member NC State this year and was a dropped int. by a freshman linebacker from beating #6 Texas... The only time this year UCF has looked pathetic was the 3rd quarter vs. ECU and the game vs. USF. Considering that UCF has looked like a top 25 team the other 22 quarters of football they've played this year, I wouldn't exactly say O'leary is doing a bad job.
College Football Fan

Sanford, FL

#17 Oct 28, 2007
I can't possibly take anything coach hater says seriously. He is exclusively negative, just read his posts. For me, life, college football and UCF are about being positive. UCF is clearly better on teh field, better than they were when they went 8-4 and went to a bowl. That year no one noticed how much was missing because they won games with last minute drives. The defense is better and top to bottom the talent is better. What that 8-4 team had was 3 big time NFL caliber playmakers...Walker (Jags), Marshall (Broncos) and Johnson (Giants).

I don't even need to mention the facilities, which are as good as ANYWHERE and without them, you cannot hope to recruit against BCS schools.

I'm not sure who will win tonight but I will be watching and cheering and for me, coach O'Leary has done many great things. If UCF wins 7-9 games and makes a bowl, I will think he is doing his job. Next year (if not this year) a conference title game appearance and another bowl.

Get off the negative, it's not good for you. When your friends call to raz you, tell them about all that is good that is UCF. Don't be a sissy.
College Football Fan

Sanford, FL

#18 Oct 28, 2007
Jau wrote:
And remember, UCF beat BCS member NC State this year and was a dropped int. by a freshman linebacker from beating #6 Texas... The only time this year UCF has looked pathetic was the 3rd quarter vs. ECU and the game vs. USF. Considering that UCF has looked like a top 25 team the other 22 quarters of football they've played this year, I wouldn't exactly say O'leary is doing a bad job.
AGREE!
Pirate Man

Fayetteville, NC

#19 Oct 28, 2007
As an ECU fan, my hopeful answer is noone can stop them. Ours is a tired and banged-up team in need of a break. Luckily, we got one with UAB. We'll play them one at a time, and you can be sure I'll be a HUGE UCF fan tonight. Go Knights!!!!
Jau wrote:
UCF is 0-2 against Southern Miss on ESPN. Time for the boys to notch a huge conference win and huge national TV win. A loss tonight will end any chance of a conference title for UCF.
My question is, who's going to stop ECU? They demolished UAB, and only have Memphis and Tulane to go.
College Football Fan

Sanford, FL

#20 Oct 28, 2007
It's great to see people come on this site and support UCF. Some are devoted fans, others the casual observer, but it's great to see growing suppot in the community.

Oh ya, averaging over 42,000 fans a game? Nice. And for those who rip the UCF stadium, did you see the one at Rutgers? 43,000 capacity. What about U Conn? Louisiville has the same type of stadium as ucf and just added the 20,000 seat option to go to 65,000. UCF has the same ability. Georgia Tech's stadium seats 46,000.

There are only a handfull of D-1 stadiums that are really diffferent and awesome, see Florida Field, Tennessee, Michigan, Ohio State, Penn State, Wisconsin...probalby 12 others. The UCF stadium is terrific.
Seminole Hall Grad

Sun City, FL

#21 Oct 28, 2007
Just a quick insert here. I was reading some different sports sections online, and noticed a few Big East town papers discussing everyone jumping off of USF's bandwagon, and how childish Jim Leavitt was after their latest loss last night. St Pete Times reporter bloged with a transcript of his post game non-sense. I thought you'd all get a kick out of it.
http://blogs.tampabay.com/usf/2007/10/post-lo...

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