ST. PETERSBURG — UCF has played in two previous bowls, in Hawaii and Memphis, but Saturday gives the Knights — especially their seniors — a chance at history against Rutgers in the St. Petersburg Bowl.
"The fact that it's the last game I'll play as a Knight and the third bowl game I've been to, but we haven't won one yet," linebacker Cory Hogue said. "It'll be nice to get one of those under my belt. To come up with your last win as a bowl win, it'd be a great way to go out."
Rutgers has won bowls in three straight seasons, giving its seniors a chance to go out with a four-bowl sweep. The Scarlet Knights had lost their only two bowl appearances before the winning streak started.
ON THE MEND: Senior Tim Brown, Rutgers' leading receiver with 1,051 yards and eight touchdowns, has been limited by an ankle injury and will likely be a gametime decision.
UCONN STABBING UPDATE: John Lomax III, 21, accused of stabbing Connecticut cornerback Jasper Howard to death in October, pleaded not guilty to murder.
CINCINNATI: Central Michigan's Butch Jones was hired to replace Brian Kelly. Offensive coordinator Jeff Quinn will direct the team in its first Sugar Bowl game, against Florida, with Jones staying in the background. Central Michigan named associate head coach Steve Stripling interim head coach for the GMAC Bowl against Troy on Jan. 6.
illinois: Receiver Arrelious Benn will skip his senior season and enter April's NFL draft, projected as a second-rounder after a disappointing junior year. Also, two assistants were hired: Jeff Brohm of Florida Atlantic (quarterbacks) and Greg Nord of Louisville (tight ends).
Kansas: Former coach Mark Mangino will get $3 million as part of a settlement paid through private funds raised by the athletic department.
Information from Times wires was used in this report.