You would think the University of Central Florida head football coach George O’Leary would have learned about just being thankful and keeping his mouth shut from is resume-fudging debacle.
Per a story from CBSSports.com, O’Leary called out the Southeastern Conference, saying their threat to break off with the other Power 5 conferences from the NCAA smacked a bit of a time in American history that most would rather forget.
“They sound like the South during the Civil War,” O’Leary said. “If they don’t get their way, they’re going to secede and start their own country … I think college football is in real trouble.”
Probably not the best analogy, particularly when you are talking about a conference comprised mostly of states that were…well, the losers in that particular war.
O’Learly went on to clarify his remarks.
“The thing that’s disturbing is that college football has been fighting for years to create a level playing field and now they’re trying to go the other way and create an even wider gap between the haves and have-nots,” he added. “I think some of these schools have forgotten where they came from.”
Maybe it’s O’Leary that has forgotten where he came from (the ACC), and where he wanted to be (Notre Dame) before settling in at little UCF.
Not only is the white-haired O’Leary off-base in his comparison, but he’s also seemingly unaware that the reason these conferences are threatening to break off from the NCAA is to ensure that everyone in the FBS can reward their players appropriately – something the NCAA seems to be bucking eternally.
O’Leary was summarily skewered and roasted on the message boards and forums, as well he should have been.