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USF-UCF football rivalry returns

Posted Apr 28, 2011 by TBO.com

Updated Apr 28, 2011 at 09:55 PM

The annual matchup between the South Florida Bulls and the Central Florida Knights will return by 2015, according to UCF head coach George O’Leary.

“Were on the docket to play a home-and-home series and we’ll try to make that a yearly thing, hopefully every Thanksgiving,” O’Leary told the Tampa Bay chapter of the UCF Alumni Association on Thursday.

“That’s something that is a no-brainer. For the life of me I don’t understand why people don’t want to do that.”

The “War on I-4” has been dominated by the team from the Gulf Coast, with USF winning all four contests that were held between 2005 and 2008. Following the Bulls’31-24 win in their final meeting, then-USF head coach Jim Leavitt was adamant about removing the natural rivalry from the yearly schedule.

“It is a win-win when you get two nut job fan bases at the same game. I think it will make for a great weekend,” said the three-time Conference USA coach of the year. “Skip (Holtz) agrees with it, you know it is something that should be done.“

Reader Comments

Por (southshore26) on April 28, 2011 (Suggest removal)

please no…. we have nothing to gain and everything to lose…. horrible stadium and worse fans… the game day experience at the last game at UCiF was horrible.

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Por (Lauderbull) on April 28, 2011 (Suggest removal)

I’m okay with this. It will benefit both schools and both cities. Gavin UCF on the schedule is better than the Ball State and UTEP’s of college football. While we didn’t have the greatest experience in Orlando last time, who cares, I’m sure our fans weren’t the best either when they visited Tampa.

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Por (StateRoad42) on May 03, 2011 (Suggest removal)

USF has nothing to gain from playing a team that went ZERO and ELEVEN (LOSSES) in 2004 and repeated with a fantastic 8-4 season in 2006 and 2008.  UCF is worthless.  USF gains nothing from playing them.

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