Finally, the day we’ve all been waiting for has come.
At long last, there is good news and wide smiles at
At a time when UCF fans have had to endure a miserable football season, an embarrassing
The Knights are joining the
They are getting over the wall and into the
Someday has arrived.
The big time is here.
“This [good] news is a real boost,” UCF President
Did it ever.
After a dreary, depressing fall marked by disappointment on the field and controversy off of it, the Knights needed some BCS (Blessed Christmas Spirit). And it came when the Big East formally introduced UCF and four other schools — Boise State, Houston,
Remember when George excitedly dreamed of getting out of tiny Bedford Falls, spanning the globe and traveling to all the great cities and historic landmarks? "I'm shakin' the dust of this crummy little town off my feet, and I'm gonna see the world!"
This is how UCF fans should feel on this historic, euphoric day: as if anything and everything is possible. Ignore the naysayers who say UCF is getting into a restructured Big East that isn’t even a viable BCS league. Tune out the
So what? UCF is joining a BCS conference it should be able to compete in almost immediately — unlike many longtime members of the SEC and other BCS leagues who haven't been able to compete for generations. As UCF football coach George O'Leary has said many times, "Just because you're in a BCS league doesn't mean you're a BCS team. Some of these programs are just members only."
Enjoy this day, UCF fans. Revere it. Relish it. Everything should seem a little bit better and a little bit brighter. The food should taste better. The beer should seem colder.
And, yes, your former enemies should be your friends today. Such as
"I'm very pleased to welcome UCF and all of its athletic teams into the Big East," Genshaft said Tuesday.
Said Hitt of the historic hard feelings between the two schools: "Whatever might have been in the past ought to stay there. We need to work on building a great relationship with USF moving forward."
Correction: Great idea.
Forget about the millions more in TV money UCF will reap. Forget about joining an automatic-qualifying BCS league. Just being in the same conference with USF and renewing a rivalry that gets both fan bases juiced up makes jumping to the Big East a wonderful move.
A Wonderful Life.
For UCF fans, this is a day to remember the words of the great George Bailey:
"You want the moon? Just say the word, and I'll throw a lasso around it and pull it down."