David Baumann Show 4-23-13- Press Play
George O’Leary :
George O’Leary believes the NCAA’s decision to lift the bowl ban for the UCF program was not because the university cooperated fully with the investigation.
O’Leary told David Baumann of SportsTalk 1080 in Orlando this morning, “No, I thought their reason when I read the report was that they tried to lump everything into one penalty for two different sports. That’s what the committee of appeals saw when they went through the thing.”
The case against UCF was very weak to begin.
O’Leary said, “I thought that it was the right decision at the time we made it (the appeal). I was very vehement about it.”
The lifting of the bowl ban alleviates comes at the perfect time.
O’Leary said, “I know it’s helped recruiting. That’s been a negative with a lot of schools. It alleviated that negative while you’re on the road. We’re on the road (recruiting) for the first time this week, so it was well-timed.”
Lost in the story is that former wide receivers coach David Kelly unfairly lost his job and was left to take a job with the Edmonton Eskimos after nearly twenty years of coaching at the college level. Kelly will likely return to the college game sometime next off-season, he’s too good of a recruiter and coach, but the personal damage has been done.
So what’s next? O’Leary is sixty-six years old.
Although a contract extension through the 2017 season was reportedly extended this off-season to O’Leary, he said, “I don’t know. I’m year-to-year. I’ve always said I’d like to see us get into the Big East and then make decisions from there. That’s still on the table as far as what I want to look at.”
Year-to-year is really how O’Leary has operated anyway.
“Yea, it has been,” he admitted. “That’s how I operate. Money is not a big thing with me. I love the camaraderie and the competition on Saturday. There’s only a couple of things to do when you retire and I don’t like any of them. I’ll probably enjoy my grandchildren.”
When it is time to step aside, will O’Leary make a case for the next head coach?
“No, I think that’s an administrative decision. You don’t fix what’s not broken. I left (Georgia) Tech in good shape. Bringing someone in new isn’t always the answer. The key to success is stability. You’re going to have some bad plays and bad games, but overall is the program accomplishing the goals of the university, that’s what you look at.”
UCF begins the 2013 by hosting Akron. A week later, the Knights travel to FIU and then Penn State, before returning home to play South Carolina.
A big thanks to Pete Rousse of coachingsearch.com for transcribing this interview.
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