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1230014 2038-01-18 05:00:00.0 UTC 2038-01-18T00:00:00.000-05:00 2012-05-14 14:27:40.0 UTC 2012-05-14T10:27:40.000-04:00 ucf-knights-look-ahead-to-big-east-future Published 2012-05-15 03:55:43.0 UTC 2012-05-14T23:55:43.000-04:00 sports/college DTI 92056089 TAMPA — As new UCF athletic director Todd Stansbury has made the rounds to booster gatherings around the state this spring, the excitement and buzz among Knights fans about their future in the Big East is enough that he has to remind people that first there's a farewell season in Conference USA. "Everybody's extremely excited about joining the Big East," Stansbury said last week at UCF's Tampa-area gathering at the Rusty Pelican restaurant. "There's been a lot of energy, a lot of anticipation getting ready for the Big East. One of the things that the coaches and myself keep saying is that we can't overlook today's opponent." UCF is one of six programs joining the Big East in summer 2013, along with C-USA's Houston, SMU and Memphis and football-only additions Boise State and San Diego State from the Mountain West. It's a move the Knights wanted to make for a long time, but football coach George O'Leary said he wants his team to leave C-USA on a high note first. "We've got to take care of business in Conference USA," said O'Leary, who won league titles in 2007 and 2010. "The Big East will come soon enough." O'Leary said he already sees the benefits of a more highly regarded league — though the designation will be short-lived, the Big East still carries an automatic bid in the current BCS bowl system. That status symbol carries weight with recruits. "It's amazing, once you get that BCS tag you're in the same room with everybody else," said O'Leary, 50-51 in eight seasons at UCF. "Even though we were playing those people anyway, you still have that stigma of a non-qualifying (automatic BCS bid). It's opened up a lot more doors. We're recruiting this class for the Big East." UCF is part of a new wave of Big East schools, brought in to keep the league afloat after Pittsburgh and Syracuse announced they were leaving for the ACC, with West Virginia and TCU opting for the Big 12. Temple joins the league this fall in football, and in its other sports next year; Navy will join in football in 2015. The biggest challenge for UCF might be in men's basketball, where the Big East has a reputation for being the toughest and perhaps deepest conference. The Knights won 22 games and went 10-6 in C-USA but settled for the NIT, still a step forward under coach Donnie Jones. He'll be hard-pressed to match those records in the Big East, but he's encouraged by what USF did this past season in making the NCAA Tournament for the first time in 20 years. "You look at USF and the success, what they've done this last year especially in basketball, and they've been doing it in football," Jones said. "It's exciting for our school, our program and our coaches. We know what a big step that is." By Greg Auman, Times Staff Writer College,USF,Sports UCF Knights look ahead to Big East future By Greg Auman The Knights, who move to the Big East in 2013, concentrate on the present. 4STC Main UCF's farewell tour of C-USA main focus now External input 2 sp_UCF051512 UCF's farewell tour of C-USA main focus now 2012-05-15 04:00:00.0 UTC 2012-05-15T00:00:00.000-04:00 UCF Knights, Central Florida Knights, Big East, Conference USA false templatedata/tampabaytimes/StaffArticle/data/2012/05/14/92056089-ucf-knights-look-ahead-to-big-east-future StaffArticle 2012-11-18 21:45:55.0 UTC 2012-11-18T16:45:55.000-05:00 sports,usfUSF SportsTAMPA — As new UCF athletic director Todd Stansbury has made the rounds to booster gatherings around the state this spring, the excitement and buzz among Knights fans about their future in the Big East is enough that he has to remind people that first there's a farewell season in Conference USA.UCF Knights, Central Florida Knights, Big East, Conference USAGreg Auman 383087 2038-01-18 05:00:00.0 UTC 2038-01-18T00:00:00.000-05:00 2012-10-25 12:34:18.0 UTC 2012-10-25T08:34:18.000-04:00 greg-auman published Greg Auman <p>Greg Auman has been at the <i>Tampa Bay Times</i> since 1999 and has covered the Bucs and the NFL since 2013. He covered the University of South Florida's athletic department from 2004-13.</p> Times Staff Writer writers DTI 33745364 Greg Auman has been at the Tampa Bay Times since 1999 and has covered the Bucs and the NFL since 2013. He covered the University of South Florida's athletic department from 2004-13. <p>Phone: (813) 226-3346</p><p>Email: <a href="mailto:gauman@tampabay.com">auman@tampabay.com</a> </p><p>Blog: <a href="http://tampabay.com/blogs/bucs/">Bucs Beat</a></p><p>Twitter: <a href="https://twitter.com/gregauman">@GregAuman</a></p> 1 11/09/06 TP_248528_GARN_redesign_10 Caption: (Tampa, Fl 08/28/2006) Greg Auman; St. Petersburg Times staffer sig. Times Photo by Joseph Garnett, Jr.writes a column for the St. Petersburg Times. /resources/images/dti/2012/10/Auman_Greg_wp.jpg true templatedata/tampabaytimes/AuthorProfile/data/33745364-greg-auman AuthorProfile 2012-10-25 12:34:18.0 UTC 2012-10-25T08:34:18.000-04:00 <span style="display:none;" class="author vcard"><span class="fn">GREG AUMAN</span></span><span style="display:none;" class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn">Tampa Bay Times</span></span><a rel="item-license" href="/universal/user_agreement.shtml">&#169; 2016 Tampa Bay Times</a><br /><br />Times Staff Writer 2291275 2016-08-28 02:07:25.0 UTC 2 Days Ago could-usf-ucf-expand-big-12s-recruiting-footprint-into-florida sports/college Could USF, UCF expand Big 12's recruiting footprint into Florida? StaffArticle 2287680 2016-08-01 18:05:36.0 UTC 4 Weeks Ago usf-looks-to-the-past-in-bid-for-big-12-expansion sports/college USF looks to the past in bid for Big 12 expansion StaffArticle 2285298 2016-07-13 22:46:34.0 UTC 1 Month Ago without-top-golfers-future-of-olympic-golf-looks-bleak sports Without top golfers, future of Olympic golf looks bleak StaffArticle <p>TAMPA — As new UCF athletic director Todd Stansbury has made the rounds to booster gatherings around the state this spring, the excitement and buzz among Knights fans about their future in the Big East is enough that he has to remind people that first there's a farewell season in Conference USA.</p> <p>&quot;Everybody's extremely excited about joining the Big East,&quot; Stansbury said last week at UCF's Tampa-area gathering at the Rusty Pelican restaurant. &quot;There's been a lot of energy, a lot of anticipation getting ready for the Big East. One of the things that the coaches and myself keep saying is that we can't overlook today's opponent.&quot;</p> <p>UCF is one of six programs joining the Big East in summer 2013, along with C-USA's Houston, SMU and Memphis and football-only additions Boise State and San Diego State from the Mountain West. It's a move the Knights wanted to make for a long time, but football coach George O'Leary said he wants his team to leave C-USA on a high note first.</p> <p>&quot;We've got to take care of business in Conference USA,&quot; said O'Leary, who won league titles in 2007 and 2010. &quot;The Big East will come soon enough.&quot;</p> <p>O'Leary said he already sees the benefits of a more highly regarded league — though the designation will be short-lived, the Big East still carries an automatic bid in the current BCS bowl system. That status symbol carries weight with recruits.</p> <p>&quot;It's amazing, once you get that BCS tag you're in the same room with everybody else,&quot; said O'Leary, 50-51 in eight seasons at UCF. &quot;Even though we were playing those people anyway, you still have that stigma of a non-qualifying (automatic BCS bid). It's opened up a lot more doors. We're recruiting this class for the Big East.&quot;</p> <p>UCF is part of a new wave of Big East schools, brought in to keep the league afloat after Pittsburgh and Syracuse announced they were leaving for the ACC, with West Virginia and TCU opting for the Big 12. Temple joins the league this fall in football, and in its other sports next year; Navy will join in football in 2015.</p> <p>The biggest challenge for UCF might be in men's basketball, where the Big East has a reputation for being the toughest and perhaps deepest conference. The Knights won 22 games and went 10-6 in C-USA but settled for the NIT, still a step forward under coach Donnie Jones. He'll be hard-pressed to match those records in the Big East, but he's encouraged by what USF did this past season in making the NCAA Tournament for the first time in 20 years.</p> <p>&quot;You look at USF and the success, what they've done this last year especially in basketball, and they've been doing it in football,&quot; Jones said. &quot;It's exciting for our school, our program and our coaches. We know what a big step that is.&quot;</p>trueruntime2016-08-30 05:42:20