UPDATE: UCF vs. Boise State kickoff delayed by lightning
ORLANDO, Fla. — UCF Football’s 2021 season opening game against Boise State has been delayed due to lightning in the area. WATCH: One on One with UCF AD John Heisler before nationally-televised home opener with Boise State8:05PM - Gates are OPEN but the stadium bowl is still CLOSED. pic.twitter.com/DsUwPvuUua — UCF Knights (@UCFKnights) September 3, 2021According to updates from the team’s twitter feed, as of 7:45 p.m., kickoff was delayed by 45 minutes because of lighting within an eight-mile radius of the stadium. Video: UCF fans, football players show support for fan battling cancerOnce the severe weather clears, fans will be allowed another 45 minutes to re-enter the stadium. Click here to download the free WFTV news and weather apps, and click here to watch the latest news on your Smart TV.wftv.com
Here’s what you need to know about UCF’s game-day COVID-19 protocols
The University of Central Florida is getting ready to kick off football season but before you head to the Bounce House to watch the Knights play, there’s a few things the university wants you to ensure a safe season amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
‘It’s time to rise again:’ UCF announces Gus Malzahn as new head football coach
FILE - Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn reacts to a call during the second half of an NCAA college football game against LSU in Auburn, Ala., in this Saturday, Oct. 31, 2020, file photo. (AP Photo/Butch Dill, File)ORLANDO, Fla. – The University of Central Florida has struck a deal to make former Auburn football coach Gus Malzahn the Knights’ next head coach. He will replace Josh Heupel, who recently left to become the Tennessee Volunteers’ head coach, and he will be UCF’s ninth head football coach. Malzahn has been linked to the UCF job ever since the school hired athletics director Terry Mohajir, who worked with Malzahn at Arkansas State. Not only do I believe that he’s the best college football coach in state of Florida now, I believe he’ll put together one of the best staffs in America.
Star quarterback McKenzie Milton announces transfer from UCF
ORLANDO, Fla. – UCF quarterback McKenzie Milton is transferring to another school, the star player announced in a video released Thursday. “I will be entering the transfer portal and playing my last year of college football elsewhere,” Milton said in an Instagram post. “I may be suiting up in different colors, but I’ll always bleed Black and Gold.”It’s not known where Milton will play next. In the video, Milton said leaving UCF is “one the hardest things for me to do.”“I’m trying to think of it more logically than emotionally,” he said. Milton thanked UCF Nation in his farewell video.
UCF QB McKenzie Milton enters transfer portal, says 'it's DG's team now' — KnightNews.com
UCF quarterback McKenzie Milton announced he is entering the transfer portal and said the torch has been passed to sophomore quarterback Dillon Gabriel. Advertisement“With that being said, I will be entering the transfer portal and playing my last year of college football somewhere else,” Milton said. “I may be suiting up in different colors, but I will always bleed black and gold.”Photo courtesy of McKenzie Milton’s Instagram. “It’s DG’s team now,” Milton said in a video posted to UCF Football’s Twitter on Thursday. #BREAKING: McKenzie Milton is transferring.knightnews.com
UCF defeats USF, secures 4th straight War on I-4 trophy — KnightNews.com
The UCF Knights defeat the USF Bulls 58-46 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa on Friday, with vacancies in the starting lineup on both offense and defense. The #USF Bulls score first and lead with just under 6 min remaining in the first quarter. A 23-yard field goal by sophomore kicker Daniel Obarsky extended the Knights lead 31-14 with a few seconds left to spare before intermission. #USF scores — the #Knights lead 31-21 with 7:57 remaining in the third quarter. #UCF finds the end zone, but #USF responds with a score and a successful conversion — the #Knights lead 58-46 with 14 seconds remaining.knightnews.com
UCF drops last home game to No. 7 Cincinnati — KnightNews.com
7 Cincinnati Bearcats in front of a limited home crowd, the UCF Knights weren’t able to come out on top during the last home game of the season. TOUCHDOWN — #UCF takes back the lead over #Cincinnati. — UCF Knight News (@UCFKnightNews) November 21, 2020UCF’s defense answered the call and caused Cincy to punt to close in the third quarter. TOUCHDOWN #UCF — the Knights score and bring it to a 3-point game after a successful two point conversion. pic.twitter.com/2mTX7rIkUL — UCF Knight News (@UCFKnightNews) November 22, 2020UCF suffers its third loss of the season, falling to 5-3 on the year and 3-3 in AAC play.knightnews.com
10 UCF football players opt out of season due to COVID-19 concerns
ORLANDO, Fla. Ten UCF football players have opted not to play during the 2020 season over concerns about COVID-19, head coach Josh Heupel said. Its the most unique thing that most of us have ever encountered in our lifetime, he said. Each of these kids that chose to opt out have different reasons behind their decision. THREAD: Full comment from #UCF Head Coach Josh Heupel on the 10 players opting out of the upcoming football season @news6wkmg pic.twitter.com/iW4Qab7wG4 Nathaniel Rivas (@nathanielrivas9) September 1, 2020#UCF Head Coach saying 10 players opting out of the upcoming 2020 football season. Tay Gowan and Darriel Mack, Jr., among the players not playing Nathaniel Rivas (@nathanielrivas9) September 1, 2020
AP Top 25: Clemson No. 1, followed by Ohio State, Alabama
4 and defending Big 12 champion Oklahoma is No. For now, big conference games such as Ohio State-Michigan and Washington-Washington State could still be made up in the spring. All Division I teams were eligible for the preseason AP Top 25, but after the season starts, only teams scheduled to play in the fall are eligible. STREAKINGOhio State extended the longest active streak of preseason Top 25 appearances with 32, followed by Oklahoma with 21, LSU with 20, Georgia with 19, Alabama with 13 and Clemson with nine. Big 12 4 (Nos.
Could COVID-19 present an opportunity for UCF football? They have a chance, analysts say
The NCAA college football season hasnt even started and there has already been plenty of drama. They have a chance to take a grasp of this thing and become national for all of their programs, Ingoglia said. This week the Big Ten and Pac-12 announced they will not play football during the fall. [MORE: Big Ten, Pac-12 pull plug on fall football amid pandemic]Until that knife gets stuck in my heart and they say theres no fall football. Some fans are speculating players from the Big Ten and Pac-12 may decide to transfer to programs committed to playing football in the fall.
Heres what UCFs 2020 football schedule looks like as of now
ORLANDO, Fla. UCF will play eight games in 2020 -- and possibly more -- after the American Athletic Conference announced Wednesday its plans for fall sports. UCFs conference schedule, beginning Sept. 24 at East Carolina, remains unchanged. The Knights game with Florida International remains up in the air because Conference USA has not announced its plans amid the coronavirus pandemic. We are confident that the protocols put together by our Medical Advisory Group will guide a safe return to play. The number of qualifying teams for conference championships in mens soccer, womens soccer and womens volleyball has been reduced to four.
3 UCF football players test positive for coronavirus
ORLANDO, Fla. Three UCF football student-athletes have tested positive for COVID-19, the school announced Tuesday. The players were tested earlier this month when 60 football players returned to campus for voluntary workouts, according to the school. Individuals with whom the positive student-athletes have come in direct contact with over the last two weeks are being traced and notified, according to UCF. Our top priority is to ensure the health and safety of our student-athletes, UCF vice president and director of athletics Danny White said. The players are under the care of the UCF Athletics COVID-19 medical team, led by Dr. Michael V. Jablonski, medical director.
UCF Football's First Road Game Changes for Primetime KnightNews.com
UCF Footballs first road game against Georgia Tech originally scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 19 has been moved to Friday, Sept. 18, according to a UCF Athletics news release. The release states ESPN expressed a desire to televise the game in primetime on one of its two flagship networks, ESPN or ESPN2. AdvertisementWere thrilled that ESPN thought enough of this matchup to want to move it into an exclusive prime-time window, UCF Director of Athletics Danny White said in the release. Return to #Knightlanta moved to a Friday ESPN or ESPN2 will air our matchup with Georgia Tech UCF Football (@UCF_Football) February 27, 2020The 2020-21 schedule was originally released on Feb. 18.knightnews.com