FACTOID # 14: North Carolina has a larger Native American population than North Dakota, South Dakota and Montana combined.
 
 Home   Encyclopedia   Statistics   States A-Z   Flags   Maps   FAQ   About 
   
 
WHAT'S NEW
 

SEARCH ALL

FACTS & STATISTICS    Advanced view

Search encyclopedia, statistics and forums:

 

 

(* = Graphable)

 

 


Encyclopedia > UCF Knights
UCF Knights
University University of Central Florida
Conference Conference USA
NCAA Division I
Athletics director Keith Tribble
Location Orlando, FL
Varsity Teams
Stadium Bright House Networks Stadium
Arena UCF Arena
Arena 2 UCF Convocation Center
Mascot Knightro
Nickname Knights
Fight Song UCF Fight Song
Colors Black and Gold

              Image File history File linksMetadata No higher resolution available. ... The University of Central Florida (commonly referred to as UCF) is a university located in Orlando, Florida, and is a member institution of the State University System of Florida. ... Conference USA, officially abbreviated C-USA, is a college athletic conference whose member institutions are located within the Southern United States. ... Division I (or DI) is the highest level of intercollegiate athletics sanctioned by the National Collegiate Athletic Association in the United States. ... Skyline of Orlando at night, from across Lake Eola The city of Orlando is the county seat of Orange County, Florida. ... Official language(s) English Capital Tallahassee Largest city Jacksonville Largest metro area Miami Area  Ranked 22nd  - Total 65,795[1] sq mi (170,304[1] km²)  - Width 361 miles (582 km)  - Length 447 miles (721 km)  - % water 17. ... Bright House Networks Stadium (formerly UCF Stadium) is a stadium in Orlando, Florida that is in the construction stages. ... UCF is a 5,300-seat multi-purpose arena in Orlando, Florida and was built in 1991. ... UCF Convocation Center is a 10,045-seat multi-purpose arena in Orlando, Florida that is currently under construction as part of the Wayne Densch Sports Complex. ... This article is about the color black; for other uses, see Black (disambiguation). ... Gold is a shade of the color yellow closest to that of gold metal. ...

Homepage ucfathletics.com

The University of Central Florida in Orlando, Florida features a large variety of intercollegiate athletics teams known as the UCF Knights. Beginning in 2005, UCF began competing in the NCAA's Division I Conference USA in all sports. The University of Central Florida (commonly referred to as UCF) is a university located in Orlando, Florida, and is a member institution of the State University System of Florida. ... Nickname: Location in Orange County and the state of Florida. ... The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA, often pronounced N-C-Double-A or N-C-Two-A ) is a voluntary association of about 1,200 institutions, conferences, organizations and individuals that organizes the athletic programs of many colleges and universities in the United States. ... Division I (or DI) is the highest level of intercollegiate athletics sanctioned by the National Collegiate Athletic Association in the United States. ... Conference USA, officially abbreviated C-USA, is a college athletic conference whose member institutions are located within the Southern United States. ...


UCF originally entered NCAA Division III in 1979, Division II in 1982, and Division I in 1990. Initially, UCF was a I-AA college football school, and was independent until 1992 when it joined the Trans-Atlantic Athletic Conference (TAAC) in all D-I sports except football, which remained independent[1]. In 1996, UCF was advanced to I-A in football, and initially was independent in football until becoming a football-only member of the Mid-American Conference in 2001, the same year the TAAC became the Atlantic Sun Conference. UCF joined Conference USA in all sports in 2005. A college football game between Colorado State University and the Air Force Academy. ... The Atlantic Sun Conference is a college athletic conference which operates primarily on the east coast of the United States. ... The Mid-American Conference is a College Athletic Conference whose members are located mainly in the Midwestern United States; nine of the schools are in Ohio and Michigan alone. ... Conference USA, officially abbreviated C-USA, is a college athletic conference whose member institutions are located within the Southern United States. ...

Logo as the UCF Golden Knights, 1993-2007

UCF's athletic teams were formerly known as the "Golden Knights." On May 4, 2007, UCF unveiled their new logo, and officially dropped the "Golden" part from their nickname, becoming simply the "Knights". Before being known as the "Golden Knights", they were known as the "Knights of the Pegasus" since their first intercollegiate competitions in 1970. They switched to "Golden Knights" in 1993 as a solution to poor merchandise sales.[2] The mascot of the athletic teams is Knightro, a black knight with gold armor. The university has asked to be identified as UCF when being referenced as opposed to Central Florida. Television networks and other media outlets, most notably ESPN, have been slow to adopt this policy, and often make jokes about it. Schools such as the University of California - Los Angeles (UCLA) and the University of Nevada - Las Vegas (UNLV) have not received the same resistance. Image File history File links Ucf_logo. ... Image File history File links Ucf_logo. ... May 4 is the 124th day of the year (125th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era. ... ESPN, formerly an acronym for Entertainment and Sports Programming Network, is an American cable television network dedicated to broadcasting sports-related programming 24 hours a day. ... Binomial name Ucla xenogrammus Holleman, 1993 The largemouth triplefin, Ucla xenogrammus, is a fish of the family Tripterygiidae and only member of the genus Ucla, found in the Pacific Ocean from Viet Nam, the Philippines, Palau and the Caroline Islands to Papua New Guinea, Australia (including Christmas Island), and the... The University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) is a public, coeducational university located in Las Vegas, Nevada. ...


The majority of UCF's teams play on-campus. UCF became the first school to ever to build and open a new stadium, the Bright House Networks Stadium, and a new arena, the UCF Convocation Center, at the same time for the 2007-08 season.[3] The Nicholson Fieldhouse provides the only indoor practice facility for Division I football teams in Florida. They are both part of the Wayne Densch Sports Complex on the north end of the campus, which also includes the Jay Bergman Field, UCF Track and Soccer Complex, and the UCF Softball Complex. Bright House Networks Stadium (formerly UCF Stadium) is a stadium in Orlando, Florida that is in the construction stages. ... UCF Convocation Center is a 10,045-seat multi-purpose arena in Orlando, Florida that is currently under construction as part of the Wayne Densch Sports Complex. ... The UCF Track and Soccer Complex is a stadium on the campus of the University of Central Florida in Orlando, Florida. ...


Men's sports include Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country Running, Football, Golf, Soccer, and Tennis. Women's sports include Basketball, Cheer, Cross Country Running, Golf, Rowing, Soccer, Softball, Tennis, Track and field, and Volleyball. College baseball is baseball as played on the intercollegiate level at institutions of higher education, predominantly in the United States. ... College basketball most often refers to the American basketball competitive governance structure established by the National Collegiate Athletic Association, or NCAA. Game between Illinois State Redbirds & Ball State Cardinals, February 17, 2007 in an ESPN Bracketbuster contest. ... The Minnesota State High school Cross Country Meet A cross country race in Seaside, Oregon. ... A college football game between Colorado State University and the Air Force Academy. ... Golf is a sport in which individual players or teams hit a ball into a hole using various clubs, and also is one of the few ball games that does not use a fixed standard playing area. ... An NCAA tournament game between Indiana University and the University of Tulsa in 2004 College soccer is a term used to describe soccer that is played by teams operated by colleges and universities as opposed to a professional league operated for exclusively financial purposes. ... For other uses, see Tennis (disambiguation). ... College basketball most often refers to the American basketball competitive governance structure established by the National Collegiate Athletic Association, or NCAA. Game between Illinois State Redbirds & Ball State Cardinals, February 17, 2007 in an ESPN Bracketbuster contest. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... The Minnesota State High school Cross Country Meet A cross country race in Seaside, Oregon. ... Golf is a sport in which individual players or teams hit a ball into a hole using various clubs, and also is one of the few ball games that does not use a fixed standard playing area. ... Rowing refers to several forms of physical activity: For rowing boats in general, see Watercraft rowing. ... An NCAA tournament game between Indiana University and the University of Tulsa in 2004 College soccer is a term used to describe soccer that is played by teams operated by colleges and universities as opposed to a professional league operated for exclusively financial purposes. ... Softball is a team sport, in which a ball, eleven to twelve inches (or rarely, 16 inches) (28 to 30. ... For other uses, see Tennis (disambiguation). ... Athletics, also known as track and field or track and field athletics, is a collection of sport events. ... Volleyball is an Olympic sport in which two teams separated by a high net use their hands, arms or (rarely) other parts of their bodies to hit a ball back and forth over the net. ...

Contents

Football

Main article: UCF Knights football
See also: 2007 UCF Knights football team

UCF has had some measure of success in football in its short NCAA history. It is the alma mater for NFL stars Daunte Culpepper and Asante Samuel, among others. Head Coach George OLeary 3rd Year, 10-21 Home Stadium Bright House Networks Stadium Capacity 45,000 - Grass Conference CUSA - East First Year 1979 Team Records All-time Record 152-146-1 Postseason Bowl Record 0-1 Pageantry Colors Black and Gold   Fight song UCF Fight Song Marching Band... This article or section is not written in the formal tone expected of an encyclopedia article. ... Asante Samuel (born January 6, 1981 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida) is an American football cornerback for the New England Patriots of the National Football League. ...


Don Jonas was the first head coach of the football team, initially hired on a volunteer basis in 1979. Gene McDowell took over as head coach and athletic director in 1985. During his tenure, the program was a I-AA playoff team in 1990 and 1993. In 1996, the program made its foray into Division I-A. After a cell phone scandal caused the resignation of McDowell, offensive coordinator Mike Kruzcek was named head coach in 1998. Don Jonas, born March 12, 1938 in Scranton, Pennsylvania, was an award winning football quarterback in the American minor leagues (semi-pro) and the Canadian Football League. ...


In 1998, Culpepper led UCF to its best season ever with a 9-2 record (with losses only coming to Purdue and Auburn). Purdue University (Purdue) is a land-grant, public university in West Lafayette, Indiana, United States. ... Auburn University (AU or Auburn) is a state university located in Auburn, Alabama, in the United States. ...


In 2003, following a string of disappointments on and off the field, UCF relieved coach Mike Kruczek of his duties. Assistant coach and former player Alan Gooch finished out the dismal 3-9 season with losses to Mid-American Conference rivals Marshall and Miami (OH). The Marshall game marked UCF's first nationally televised home football game as it was aired on ESPN2. Marshall University is a public university based in Huntington, West Virginia. ... Miami University (colloquially and incorrectly referred to as Miami of Ohio) is a selective coeducational American public university founded in 1809 in the university town of Oxford, Ohio. ...


In 2004, Minnesota Vikings defensive coordinator George O'Leary was named UCF's head coach. This was a controversial hire on several fronts. O'Leary had previously been named head coach of the University of Notre Dame, but was relieved of his duties five days into his tenure after inconsistencies were found on his resume. UCF also paid O'Leary a hefty salary which upset many UCF professors who were in contract negotiations with the university administration at the time. O'Leary cleaned house, and in that rebuilding season, UCF did not record a single win as they went 0-11 in the worst season in school history. George OLeary (born August 17, 1946 in Central Islip, New York) is the head football coach for the University of Central Florida. ... The University of Notre Dame IPA: is a Roman Catholic institution located in Notre Dame, Indiana, immediately northeast of South Bend, Indiana, United States. ...


In 2005, the team's luck changed when they defeated Marshall University 23-13 to end the school's 17 game losing steak. UCF fans celebrated by storming the field and tearing down the goal posts. Students came back to the campus and celebrated further by jumping into UCF's Reflection Pond (a practice normally reserved for Spirit Splash), which is regarded as the central point on campus. UCF then went on to win eight out of the remaining nine games on their schedule, beating Memphis, Tulane, and Houston at home and Louisiana Lafayette, Eastern Carolina, UAB, and Rice on the road. Only Southern Mississippi defeated UCF in regular-season conference play in 2005. Their 7-1 conference record enabled UCF to win the 2005 Conference USA East Division championship. UCF progressed to the inaugural Conference USA Championship Game at their home stadium on December 3, 2005 where they suffered a 44-27 defeat against western division champion Tulsa, which went on to defeat Fresno State in the Autozone Liberty Bowl. On December 4, 2005 the Golden Knights accepted a bid to play in the Sheraton Hawaii Bowl in Honolulu, Hawaii on December 24, 2005 against the University of Nevada Wolfpack. The Golden Knights ended up losing the game 49-48 in overtime due to a missed PAT that would have tied the game. UCF finished the season 8-5. Marshall University is a public university based in Huntington, West Virginia. ... Conference USA, officially abbreviated C-USA, is a college athletic conference whose member institutions are located within the Southern United States. ... Conference USA, officially abbreviated C-USA, is a college athletic conference whose member institutions are located within the Southern United States. ... December 3 is the 337th (in leap years the 338th) day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The University of Tulsa is a private, comprehensive university awarding bachelors, masters, and doctoral degrees located in Tulsa, Oklahoma. ... Categories: University stubs | California State University | Universities and colleges in California ... Notes Mountain West Conference champion Utah was released from its contractual obligation to the Liberty Bowl after earning a Bowl Championship Series berth in 2004. ... December 4th redirects here. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Hawaii Bowl is a post-season National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I-A college football bowl game that has been played annually at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii on the island of Oahu since 2002. ... Honolulu as seen from the International Space Station Honolulu is the largest city and the capital of the U.S. state of Hawai‘i. ... Capital Honolulu Largest city Honolulu Area  Ranked 43rd  - Total 10,931 sq mi (29,311 km²)  - Width n/a miles (n/a km)  - Length 1,522 miles (2,450 km)  - % water 41. ... December 24 is the 358th day of the year (359th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The University of Nevada, Reno (Nevada or UNR) is a university located in Reno, Nevada, USA, and is known for its programs in agricultural research, animal biotechnology, and mining-related engineering and natural sciences. ...


On May 24, 2006, UCF (who already had O'Leary inked to a lucrative contract) extended the contract for 10 years and increased his pay to $1M plus incentives per year after O'Leary, having engineered the third-largest turnaround in college football history, was targeted by larger programs. In 2005 O'Leary was chosen by Sports Illustrated.com for the coach of the year award and received votes for the larger Bobby Dodd National Coach of the Year award. May 24 is the 144th day of the year (145th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ...


O'Leary and the Knights followed up a surprising and successful 2005 season with a disappointing 4-8 year in 2006. Knight fans hope UCF's fortunes will change in the future as they move into new facilities. In 2007, home games will be moved from downtown Orlando's Citrus Bowl to Bright House Networks Stadium, a new on-campus facility. The Florida Citrus Bowl (official name is Orlando-Orange County Florida Citrus Bowl Stadium) is a stadium in Orlando, Florida, USA, built for American football and currently seats over 65,000. ... Bright House Networks Stadium (formerly UCF Stadium) is a stadium in Orlando, Florida that is in the construction stages. ...


On April 26, 2006, UCF hired Keith Tribble, the Chief Executive Officer of the Orange Bowl Committee, to replace departed Athletic Director Steve Orsini. Although Tribble has never been the Athletic Director of a university he has enjoyed associate AD stints at both the University of Florida and the University of Nevada-Las Vegas. April 26 is the 116th day of the year (117th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ... blah blah Modern athletic directors are often in a coaching misconduct being proven, often the athletic director will be terminated along with the offending coach. ...


Stadium

On November 9, 2005, the UCF Board of Trustees unanimously approved plans to build a 45,000 seat on-campus football stadium. The stadium was placed on the north side of the campus, near the existing UCF Arena and the Golden Knight Plaza residential/commercial area, which is now under construction. Despite arguments of unrealistic cost estimates for the project, construction of the stadium has begun and is projected to be completed by the 2007 football season. The stadium will carry the name of Bright House Networks Stadium. Bright House Networks Stadium (formerly UCF Stadium) is a stadium in Orlando, Florida that is in the construction stages. ... November 9 is the 313th day of the year (314th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Bright House Networks Stadium (formerly UCF Stadium) is a stadium in Orlando, Florida that is in the construction stages. ...


UCF Fight Song

"UCF charge onto the field, with our spirit we’ll never yield. Black and Gold - Charge right through the line Victory is our cry... V-I-C-T-O-R-Y. Tonight our Knights will shine! U-C-F Knights... UCF Knights, Let's Go Knights!"


Basketball

UCF played its first intercollegiate basketball game before the team even had a nickname.


In the Division II era, under Torchy Clark, UCF found great success including a DII Final Four appearance.


UCF has been a member of Division I since 1994 and has advanced to the NCAA tournament 4 times (94, 96, 04, 05), all under coach Kirk Speraw. Kirk Speraw is the head basketball coach at the University of Central Florida, in Orlando, Florida. ...


UCF competed in the Atlantic Sun Conference (formerly called the Trans American Athletic Conference) until 2005 when all sports joined Conference USA. The Atlantic Sun Conference is a college athletic conference which operates primarily on the east coast of the United States. ... Conference USA, officially abbreviated C-USA, is a college athletic conference whose member institutions are located within the Southern United States. ...


The Golden Knights made their debut in the Conference USA Championship Tournament in the 2006 season, falling to Houston in the second round and closing out the season with the program's first losing record (14-15) since 2000-2001. The Knights made a huge turnaround in the 2006-07 season, finishing 2nd in conference play to Memphis. The University of Memphis is a public American research university located in Memphis, Tennessee, USA. The University was founded under the auspices of the General Education Bill, enacted by the Tennessee Legislature in 1909. ...


Two fan groups, the Kirk's Jerks (composed of both alumni and students) and Rowdy Knights (an official student organization), are the lifeblood of the basketball fan base.


Arena

The official home of the Knights was the UCF Arena (nicknamed the Dungeon) until 2007. The basketball court inside was dedicated to former coach Torchy Clark in October 2005 and now bears his name. UCF Convocation Center is a 10,045-seat multi-purpose arena in Orlando, Florida that is currently under construction as part of the Wayne Densch Sports Complex. ... UCF is a 5,300-seat multi-purpose arena in Orlando, Florida and was built in 1991. ...


UCF will move from the 5,000 seat UCF Arena to the 10,000 seat UCF Convocation Center in the 2007-2008 season. It has been rumored that AirTran Airways has purchased the naming rights for this facility. The Arena as well as the Convocation Center are the home to many UCF sports, concerts, and other events. The arena also houses comedians such as Bob Saget, Dave Chappelle, Stephen Lynch, which are available free of charge to students. UCF Convocation Center is a 10,045-seat multi-purpose arena in Orlando, Florida that is currently under construction as part of the Wayne Densch Sports Complex. ... AirTran Airways (NYSE: AAI), is a low-cost airline based in Orlando, Florida, USA and is a subsidiary of AirTran Holdings. ... Robert Lane Saget (born May 17, 1956) is an American actor, stand-up comedian and game show host best known for his role as Danny Tanner in the ABC sitcom Full House from 1987 to 1995, as host of Americas Funniest Home Videos from 1989 to 1997 and as... David Khari Webber Chappelle (born August 24, 1973) is an American stand-up comedian, satirist and actor. ... Stephen Lynch (born July 28, 1971), is an American singer and comedian, famous for his raunchy comic lyrics. ...


Baseball

Stadium: Jay Bergman Field, capacity: 1000 (capacity doubles with temporary seating) Atlantic Sun Championships: 93, 95, 96, 97, 00, 01, 02, 04 NCAA Regional Appearances: 89, 93, 95, 96, 97, 00, 01, 02, 04 Highest national ranking: #8 in 2001.


On February 3, 2001, UCF opened and dedicated Jay Bergman Field, named after the current coach of the Golden Knights. This naming represents a career marked by championships, NCAA appearances and consistent Top 25 rankings. February 3 is the 34th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... Year 2001 (MMI) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Soccer

UCF has produced a number of soccer stars. Most notably, Michelle Akers. Akers went on to play in the Olympics and was a part of the 1999 USA National Team that won the World Cup. The men's program has developed midfielder Eric Vasquez, who now plays for Miami F.C. in the United Soccer Leagues' First Division. As well, former Golden Knights Goalkeeper Ryan McIntosh signed a development deal with D.C. United of Major League Soccer. Both players were a part of the 2004 Central Florida Kraze amateur soccer team that won the Premier Development League's championship by defeating the Boulder Rapids Resevers, 1-0 at the UCF soccer stadium. Michelle Akers (born February 1, 1966 in Santa Clara, California) was a leading American soccer player and played on the historic 1999 Womens World Cup victory by the U.S.. She is a member of the National Soccer Hall of Fame. ... Miami F.C. are an American professional soccer club which will join the USL First Division, a division of the United Soccer Leagues, in 2006. ... Year founded 1995 League Major League Soccer Nickname Black-and-Red Stadium RFK Stadium Washington, D.C. Coach Tom Soehn, 2006— Owner D.C. United Holdings First Game San Jose Clash 1–0 D.C. United (Spartan Stadium; April 6, 1996) Largest Win D.C. United 8–0 Joe Public... The Central Florida Kraze are a USL Premier Development based in Lake Mary, Florida. ...


Cheerleading

The UCF cheerleading squad has captured two national titles at the College Cheerleading and Dance Team Nationals, in 2003 and 2007.


References

  1. ^ Annual standings published in Official NCAA Football Records Book, 1992-1996 editions
  2. ^ 'Golden' era ends for Knights Orlando Sentinel
  3. ^ Convocation Center Update UCF Arena
University of Central Florida

Academics The University of Central Florida (commonly referred to as UCF) is a university located in Orlando, Florida, and is a member institution of the State University System of Florida. ... The University of Central Florida (commonly referred to as UCF) is a university located in Orlando, Florida, and is a member institution of the State University System of Florida. ...

Central Florida Research ParkArboretum of the University of Central FloridaFlorida Interactive Entertainment AcademyInstitute for Simulation and TrainingPresident John HittWUCF // The Central Florida Research Park, abutting the main University of Central Florida campus in Orlando, Florida, is a university-related research park established as a result of legislation passed by the Florida Legislature in 1978. ... The Arboretum of the University of Central Florida is an arboretum and botanical garden for the University of Central Florida in Orlando, Florida, USA. 80 acres (32 hectares) in area, it contains more than 600 species of plants, including more than 100 bromeliads, in cultivated gardens. ... The Florida Interactive Entertainment Academy [1] (FIEA) is a downtown campus of the University of Central Florida that was created in 2004 by the Universitys School of Film and Digital Media [2] and Electronic Arts. ... The Insitute for Simulation and Training is an internationally recognized research institute that focuses on advancing modeling and simulation technology and increasing our understanding of simulations role in training and education. ... John C. Hitt is the current president of the University of Central Florida (UCF). ... WUCF is a listener supported service of the University of Central Florida, Orlando, broadcasts a 24-hour schedule of jazz music and news programming from broadcast studios in the Communications Building on the UCF campus. ...

Athletics

Bright House Networks StadiumUCF Convocation CenterUCF Track and Soccer ComplexUCF KnightsFootball Bright House Networks Stadium (formerly UCF Stadium) is a stadium in Orlando, Florida that is in the construction stages. ... UCF Convocation Center is a 10,045-seat multi-purpose arena in Orlando, Florida that is currently under construction as part of the Wayne Densch Sports Complex. ... The UCF Track and Soccer Complex is a stadium on the campus of the University of Central Florida in Orlando, Florida. ... Head Coach George OLeary 3rd Year, 10-21 Home Stadium Bright House Networks Stadium Capacity 45,000 - Grass Conference CUSA - East First Year 1979 Team Records All-time Record 152-146-1 Postseason Bowl Record 0-1 Pageantry Colors Black and Gold   Fight song UCF Fight Song Marching Band...


 
 

COMMENTARY     


Share your thoughts, questions and commentary here
Your name
Your comments

Want to know more?
Search encyclopedia, statistics and forums:

 


Press Releases |  Feeds | Contact
The Wikipedia article included on this page is licensed under the GFDL.
Images may be subject to relevant owners' copyright.
All other elements are (c) copyright NationMaster.com 2003-5. All Rights Reserved.
Usage implies agreement with terms, 1022, m