Memories are short in college football, which is why Bobby Petrino will be coaching at big-time program sooner than later.
So it wasn’t a surprise when former Georgia Tech coach George O’Leary resurfaced at Central Florida in 2004, just about three years after inaccuracies in his resume cost him his dream job at Notre Dame.
O’Leary toiled in near obscurity at the Orlando school for several years, slowly building that program.
The Knights were 0-11 in O’Leary’s first year, but caused a ripple when they defeated Georgia in the Liberty Bowl in 2010 to finish with 11 wins.
This year, Central Florida nearly shocked South Carolina, won at Penn State and upset No. 8 Louisville before capping its 12-1 season with a 52-42 upset of No. 6 Baylor in the Fiesta Bowl.
George O'Leary will get last laugh on Notre Dame. He'll have more BCS wins than the Irish.
— BCS Guru (@BCSGuru) January 2, 2014
O’Leary has done a remarkable job at Central Florida, which has never seen this kind of publicity. A lot of the recruits from Florida who are on the fence, might be throwing Central Florida into the mix after watching the Knights handle Baylor.
QB Blake Bortles might be a first-round pick, if he goes pro. He the program’s most visible player since Daunte Culpepper played there in the 1990s.
“Not many people outside of us believed we could win,” Bortles said after last night’s win. “But we showed the country what UCF is all about.”
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