Does George O'Leary deserve a statue at UCF?
UCF will soon be adding a statue of former coach George O'Leary, according to this report from the Orlando Sentinel.
Here's my question: Does he deserve it?
Another Sentinel writer, David Whitley, argues yes, thanks in part to the miraculous Fiesta Bowl season:
O'Leary made it much easier to notice and harder to ignore.
If not for him, the Big 12 wouldn't be interested in UCF. Conference presidents would probably think it's the UFC.
The other side of the argument is clear, too. There was the NCAA investigation, which ended in probation and scholarship reductions that fueled last year's winless season (and hastened his midseason departure).
Most importantly, there was the death of player Ereck Plancher in 2008. His family's attorney, Tampa's Steve Yerrid, told CBS' Dennis Dodd that the news made him "if not physically nauseous … emotionally nauseous."
"(UCF) can go to hell," Yerrid told Dodd.
So what are your thoughts? Does O'Leary deserve a statue? In the post-Paterno era, does any coach?