ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — After a disappointing 5-7 campaign in 2011, Central Florida was hoping to celebrate its final season in Conference USA before jumping to the Big East in 2013 with a championship.
But with uncertainty surrounding its appeal of recent NCAA sanctions that included a one-year postseason ban, Knights’ coach George O’Leary is entering the unknown with perhaps his best team during his tenure.
Whatever happens with the NCAA, the Knights have definitely changed this offseason. There will be a new starting quarter in redshirt sophomore Blake Bortles. He takes over for Jeff Godfrey, who briefly left the program, but has returned as a receiver.
A lot of attention will also be paid to the Knights’ defense, which gave up 131 of 220 points to opponents in the second half last year.