UCF fans had no respect at Liberty Bowl
Letter to the Editor
Published: Sunday, January 9, 2011
Updated: Sunday, January 9, 2011 20:01
As a UCF student who attended the Liberty Bowl, I was appalled with the behavior of the fanbase that attended the game. We as a University are attempting to gain respect in the college athletics world, and though we may be doing so on the field, the fans are doing us no good in the stands. The UCF band took the field first during the pregame festivities, and both sides of the stadium, UCF and Georgia fans, applauded them.
However, as soon as the Georgia fan took the field, there were boos from the UCF section. I have been to many college games in my life, and have never seen anything like that at any of them, especially a bowl game.
Even at the Georgia-Florida game in Jacksonville, there are never boos like that. The "classlessness" that was exhibited by the fans at the Liberty Bowl, on national television mind you, will not help our cause in joining a big name athletics conference. The SEC and ACC would never take a school who's fans would embarass the entire conference by booing a band or yelling "F*** Georgia" as much as possible.
It would be one thing if it was a rivalry game that decided a conference championship, but a bowl game? Really?
I understand that this was UCF's first bowl victory, and it came over an SEC team, but that still gives no reason for the fans to act the way they did. It was totally disrespectful not only to the players on the field of the University of Georgia, but also to the students of that institution.
I can honestly say that as a student, I was embarassed to be representing UCF. When I said something to another student, his response was "It's a bowl game. That's what you're supposed to do."
That's not what a bowl game is about. A bowl game is about celebrating a successful season with one last game against a worthy opponent. Not to make an ass of your entire university on National TV.
In my opinion, we better hope nobody from the Big East was paying any attention to the fans at that game, because if they were, I'd be very surprised if we get an invite to play any sports there.