Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Central Florida's head football coach compares SEC's secession threats to Civil War

Central Florida head football coach George O'Leary recently weighed in on his thoughts of the Southeastern Conference threatening to break away from the NCAA if the governing body doesn't agree to particular reforms. And O'Leary used a questionable comparison when making reference to the situation.

“They sound like the South during the Civil War,” O’Leary said according to the Orlando Sentinel. “If they don’t get their way, they’re going to secede and start their own country. I think college football is in real trouble.”

If you can get past the fact that the 67-year-old coach likened college football realignment to the deadliest and costliest war in American history, O'Leary actually has reason for concern. As a member of the American Athletic Conference, UCF isn't in a great position to compete on the same playing field as other major programs, and the SEC vying to create even more separation between them and non-power conferences spells bad news for programs such as Central Florida.

“Now they’re trying to go the other way and create an even wider gap between the haves and have-nots,” O’Leary added. “I think some of these schools have forgotten where they came from.”

This isn't the first time O'Leary has found himself in the middle of a controversial predicament. In 2001, O'Leary left Georgia Tech to take the head coaching job at Notre Dame. Within a matter of days, inaccuracies were discovered on his resume, including lying about the number of letters he received playing football at his alma mater, as well as listing a master's degree from a fictional university.

To his credit, O'Leary has recovered nicely from the debacle and recently posted the best regular season in UCF history, finishing 12-1 with a Fiesta Bowl victory.

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