When Danny White arrived at UCF in late 2015, the Knights had only finished the 0–12 season. But instead of feeling helpless, White felt hopeful.
He had hired a rising star in Scott Frost, and just about everyone who went to every college football circle, people saw UCF as a “sleeping giant” – one of the nation’s biggest universities at its best One of the nation of the recruiting area, with untapped potential in its athletics department.
UCF Football won the BCS game before White came to the Fiesta Bowl in 2014, but at the Fiesta Bowl in 2014, but for the most part, the momentum of the Knights’ program looked like a roller coaster at Disney World.
They required a measure of stability. With his hand-picked coach, White agreed to tackle his next priority – the creation of a nonconfidence schedule that would help boost the UCF season ticket base with lucrative home games, while it’s branding, marketing and will also increase reliability.
So they decided that the best approach would be to play two Power 5 games, a Group of 5 game and an FCS game. He was adamant about one thing, though:
UCF would only schedule home and home series against Power-5, including neutral-site games, big-money guaranteed games, or even 2-for-1 offers. Are included.
“We’re not about settling down,” White said in a recent phone interview. “We are not going to back down what we believe with uniform scheduling and building a power program here.”
That philosophy put White in the midst of a raging debate about how a group of 5 teams should approach UCF-like scheduling in the College Football Playoff era – a schedule, especially in UCF’s 2017 and 2018 regular seasons Selection, was disqualified after being overthrown with. Top four ideas.
Those twin experiences have made White more diligent he would only schedule a door-to-door.
“After reaffirming we can play three or four guaranteed games, and I can punt at the idea of building a fan base at UCF because we don’t have lucrative home games, and I could probably do that in 2026 Hoon White said, “There is some chance in the four-team playoffs, but they are just going to move the goal post again and talk about some other reasons.”
But other athletics directors of their own conference and across the country have been more flexible in their philosophy.
The opposite came to a head in the past decade, when White turned down an offer to schedule a 2-for-1 series with Florida in the proposed game in Orlando, on Campus Off-Campus at Camping World Stadium – only to see the opponent USF connects 2-for-1 with Miami and Alabama. USF already had a 2-for-1 scheduled with Florida.
White wants the group of 5 schools to have a similar front when it comes to equitable scheduling, especially their own convention, which is trying to sell the idea that ‘power 6.’ in American power conferences.
Relate to but not equal to all 5 school groups. Although the philosophies differ, the group of 5 schools is scheduling in ways that take advantage of their individual circumstances.
UCF is in a significantly different location than USF, in the same way, Boise State is in a different location than Utah State, and Houston is in a different location than Tulsa.
But interestingly, the athletic directors interviewed for this story said they are approaching future scheduling with a look toward an extended playoff, believing a move for eight teams is not only inevitable It is rather the best way for them to achieve inclusiveness.
And with more and more Power 5 teams scheduling illegal games against each other in the future, the urgency to beef up their own schedule has increased.
USF Athletics Director Michael Kelly said, “We’ve moved forward with the expectation that the playoffs will expand in the future, maybe after the next contract, and then who knows what the opportunity is for schools like ours at the time Can. ” “You still want to stand out and maybe it’s a playoff.