The Basement Orlando, which has made national headlines recently for its free-beer promotion, announced on social media Monday that it will offer Knights' former head coach George O'Leary free beer on the house any time.
"Happy retirement to the man who brought our football program into national relevance," The Basement posted on its Facebook page. "This season has been an unfortunate blemish on an otherwise outstanding legacy, and we'll always remember O'Leary as a four-time conference champion and the man who led UCF to the largest victory in the history of the program. Thanks George, stop by any time for a round on us."
O'Leary's immediate retirement was announced in a university press release Sunday and ended his 12-year tenure at UCF. During his time as head coach, he led the Knights to back-to-back American Athletic Conference Championships the past two seasons, as well as to two Conference-USA championships in 2007 and 2010 and seven bowl appearances, according to a previous Central Florida Future article.
The Basement gained national attention at the beginning of October when it announced a promotion offering free beer to patrons during every UCF game until the football team wins. As of Oct. 20, the bar announced it has served 6,430 free beers and counting.
After their homecoming game loss to the Houston Cougars Saturday, the Knights are 0-8.
Danielle Hendrix is a News Editor for the Central Florida Future. Follow her on Twitter at @ByDaniHendrix or email her at DanielleH@CentralFloridaFuture.com.