City of Orlando to Honor UCF Football

By Amanda Borges
Assistant Digital Editor

Monday’s City of Orlando Council Meeting had an added Black and Gold theme to it as Mayor Buddy Dyer proclaimed Jan. 27 “UCF Knights Tostitos Fiesta Bowl Champions” Day in Orlando.

“January 1 was an historic day for our community as UCF defeated the Baylor Bears in the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl,” Mayor Dyer said. “Twenty-six days have passed since that victory but it’s one that’s going to live on forever in the collective memories of all of the citizens of Orlando. And today we’re able to officially honor the UCF Knights for this historic victory.”

UCF Vice President and Director of Athletics Todd Stansbury thanked the city for the incredible honor.

“On behalf of our coaches and our players, we are humbled to have this proclamation for us read today,” Stansbury said. “We really want to thank the city, our hometown, for this great recognition. Of course, what an incredible ride this fall has been. The coaches did an incredible job with some wonderful young people that really made it a magical season for not only UCF but the whole community.”

UCF delivered lasting memories week after week during the 2013 campaign en route to a 12-1 record, the American Athletic Conference title and a victory over Baylor in the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl. The Knights would finish No. 10 in the country, with the program securing its first top-15 and top-10 ranking, first 12-win season, first victories over top-10 teams and first wins against Big Ten and Big 12 institutions.

Head coach George O’Leary, The American’s Coach of the Year, could not attend Monday due to recruiting, however offensive coordinator Charlie Taaffe and defensive coordinator Paul Ferraro were in attendance, along with UCF spirit squad head coach Linda Gooch whose cheerleading team finished second at nationals this month.

Earlier in January, Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs and the Board of Commissioners recognized the Knights with a resolution to celebrate UCF for its outstanding season.

“Be an Early Bird” as 2014 season tickets are on sale now. Call the UCF Ticket Office at 407-UCF-1000 for more details, and to learn about the Croke Park Classic against Penn State Aug. 30 in Dublin, Ireland, check out UCF.CrokeParkClassic.com. Fans also can now purchase commemorative tickets from the 2013 football season online by clicking on the promotions tab on the UCFKnights.com homepage.

SOURCE: UCF Athletics

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