A bowl victory is nice, but basketball’s future is brighter
Published: Sunday, January 2, 2011
Updated: Tuesday, January 4, 2011 17:01
I know that we're all still in a BBQ coma and hungover from partying on Beale Street after the biggest win for the football program in school history, but it's time to wake up and smell the coffee.
Sure, the Liberty Bowl was a huge upset. Sure, it was the first time a Conference USA team defeated an SEC team in the bowl. Sure, it was UCF's first bowl victory ever. But don't get too excited about winning a mediocre bowl game against a sub-.500 Georgia Bulldog team.
What you should really be excited about is your basketball team.
Head coach Donnie Jones has completely transformed the basketball program from a joke within the conference to one of the best teams in the nation.
Yeah, I said it. The Knights are one of the best teams in the nation.
I'm not trying to take anything away from what the football team has done, but the truth is that the basketball team actually has a chance to play for a national title.
The football team doesn't.
Jones truly is an elite coach who has enough talent on the court to bring the Knights into the March Madness tournament.
Jones' Knights are one of just seven undefeated teams in the nation and keep climbing in the national Top-25 polls. Like the football team, they earned their first Top-25 ranking in school history.
Except the basketball team, unlike the football team, kept winning after they obtained their first ranking. Jones has done a superb job of keeping the Knights level-headed despite all of the hype surrounding the team.
We'll really see what the basketball team is made of as they enter conference play this week versus Marshall (Jones' old team). Until then, be excited about the future of this basketball program.
It seems like the UCF administration has been searching forever for some type of athletic identity through the football program, but they have been looking in all of the wrong places.
We're sick of ESPN still calling us the Golden Knights and Central Florida, but the only reason why ESPN does that is because UCF is still virtually unknown. The basketball program will be the program that puts the Knights in the national spotlight, not football. Soon, the disrespect will stop.
UCF is going to be considered more of a basketball school than a football school.
Let's just hope the Big East notices.