Uncle Luke: O’Leary needs to resign or let Godfrey transfer
Published: Saturday, November 26, 2011
Updated: Sunday, November 27, 2011 17:11
Editor's note: Luther Campbell, also known as Uncle Luke, is a former member of the Miami hip-hop group 2 Live Crew and a columnist for the Miami New Times. Campbell is a philanthropist in his community, co-founding the National Youth Football League and mentoring at-risk youth in Miami through youth football organizations for more than two decades. Campbell is a known mentor to UCF quarterback Jeff Godfrey and had reported on Twitter Saturday night that Godfrey's father requested a scholarship release from head coach George O'Leary.
George O'Leary is the biggest back-stabbing cutthroat coach in the NCAA. He should have resigned from UCF's athletic program a long time ago.
Thanks to O'Leary, former athletic director Keith Tribble and former assistant football coach David Kelly are being made as the fall guys for the ongoing NCAA investigation into infractions at UCF.
O'Leary never got along with Tribble, who insisted the Knights recruit players from South Florida — the No. 1 hotbed for talented players in the country. O'Leary had a big problem with that. He prefers to get his players from Georgia and upstate New York. He was happy with a team that lost four games a year and didn't win any championships.
Central Florida was a doormat before Tribble's arrival. O'Leary has undone all the good work Tribble accomplished in the past two years.
One thing is for sure: It will be difficult for O'Leary to recruit in South Florida considering how much love the football community has for both Tribble and Kelly. Since the scandal broke, O'Leary won't take Kelly's calls. That's messed up.
It's also a shame how O'Leary has thrown quarterback Jeffrey Godfrey under the bus this season. Godfrey was the first quarterback in school history to win a Conference USA championship and a bowl game. Yet, O'Leary has treated the poor kid like trash this year by abandoning the option and catering the offense more to Blake Bortles, Godfrey's backup. That shows you the head coach has no loyalty.
Why should Godfrey, last year's C-USA freshman Rookie of the Year and freshman All-American, show any loyalty to UCF?
O'Leary should be a man and grant Godfrey an unconditional transfer when the season is over.