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AD Keith Tribble: UCF will be in a BCS league

Posted on: April 14, 2011 12:17 pm
Edited on: April 14, 2011 12:18 pm

Posted by Tom Fornelli

While the Big East and Villanova continue passing notes in class and asking their friends whether or not the other one likes them, or if they really, really like them, UCF sits in the back of the class waiting her turn. UCF wants to go to the dance too, you know. She's got herself a very lovely dress, and it has grown through her awkward teenage faze. While UCF isn't drop dead gorgeous, she's still a solid 7, and should be getting more attention from the popular boys in school.

But will she?

Well, ever the reassuring parent, UCF athletic director Keith Tribble wants UCF to know that even if its day doesn't come this year, there will be other dances, and UCF will be going.

Athletic director Keith Tribble says no matter what happens with the Big East, the Knights are going to get into an automatic-qualifying BCS league.

“It’s not a matter of if, it’s a matter of when,” Tribble said on our critically acclaimed Open Mike radio show earlier this week.

Of course, it’s the “when” that has UCF fans worried. They fear, and rightfully so, that if the Big East goes in another direction, it could be years before another opportunity to join a BCS league opens up.

Then again, all the Knights can do is what they’re doing right now: Winning on the field, graduating players and fielding championship-caliber teams in a number of sports.

“This program is trending the right way and doing the right things,” Tribble said. “We can’t stop doing the things we need to  do to make this program great.”

The common perception is that if the Big East does pass on adding Villanova to its football conference then UCF would be the next choice. It makes sense in that the program is on the rise, and it would give the conference another school in the state of Florida which could help recruiting for everyone. What I wonder is if the Big East does choose Villanova, then what BCS conference does Tribble see UCF joining?

The ACC and SEC would be the only other logical choices geographically, though I'm not sure what geography has to do with anything anymore considering TCU is now in the Big East. Still, I don't see the ACC or SEC expanding or replacing teams at any point in the near future, so I'm not sure they'd be an option for UCF. Really, the only options I see the school having would be if the Big East eventually expands to twelve teams, or if the Big 12 decides to go back to twelve. 


Since: Jul 8, 2008
Posted on: April 21, 2011 2:18 pm

AD Keith Tribble: UCF will be in a BCS league



Tongue out

Since: Jul 8, 2008
Posted on: April 21, 2011 2:17 pm

AD Keith Tribble: UCF will be in a BCS league

But I don't see how UCF being good could hurt any of the northern teams. Like they actually had a strong presence in Florida to begin with lol. Don't recall seeing any Big East teams recuiting in the top 30.

Exactly my point. I don't see Big East teams with top recruiting classes either but I DEF see UCF recruiting top 30 classes easy esp if they join a BCS conference bro! This is what I truly think Big East schools are scared of.

UCF good be a power and an instant one at that, esp if they join the BIG East who is the weakest of the BCS Conferences.

Since: Dec 10, 2007
Posted on: April 15, 2011 11:53 pm

AD Keith Tribble: UCF will be in a BCS league

Honestly, the best thing that could happen is for the Big East to just go ahead and split.  Get the divorce over with.  Yes, you lose some good basketball schools like Villanova and Georgetown.  But in order for Big East football to be competitive with the other AQ conferences, it really needs to expand to 12 teams and expand its reach.  Villanova could be a good football program at some point, but doesn't really help strengthen the Big East right now.  Not that there are any "killer" teams available that would give the Big East an instant boost, but there are several decent programs that wouldn't hurt and could rapidly develop given BCS resources.

Big East North
West Virginia

Big East South

It's really a toss-up between Memphis and East Carolina.  East Carolina would be a good fit as well, but I went with Memphis because of their strong basketball program and huge TV market.

Since: Oct 14, 2007
Posted on: April 15, 2011 1:43 pm

AD Keith Tribble: UCF will be in a BCS league

As a USF Alumni, I have to say I hope to see UCF join our league in the Big East.  They've already got the rivalry, the fan-base, the facilities, and are coming off several consecutive successful seasons.  ECU, while once impressive, has not done much in the past couple years.  The timing just isn't right for the Pirates - they don't come at a level to compete right this moment and don't have the natural Big East rivalry that UCF brings.  That's not to say they won't in the future, but the league is expanding now.  If the Big East chooses Villanova, or even ECU, over UCF it will be a huge dissapointment. 

Since: Apr 14, 2011
Posted on: April 15, 2011 10:13 am

AD Keith Tribble: UCF will be in a BCS league

are you talking to me? I am a Iowa Hawkeye fan.

Since: Nov 19, 2006
Posted on: April 15, 2011 10:07 am

AD Keith Tribble: UCF will be in a BCS league

Central Florida has nowheres to go except the Big East, and the same holds true for East Carolina.  The ACC is not going to expand anytime soon, and that is the only conference that would consider these two wanna-be schools other than the Big East.  Both would probably be a decent fit in the Big East, though their hoops programs would be your basic joke.  I do not know who the clown is boasting about all the virtues of the East Carolina, but please, you sould like a little girl who is upset baecause she cannot go out with her big brother.  Give it a rest.  The Big Boys sell more season tickets than you have space in your little stadium.  What was that final score in your bowl game against Maryland?  51-20?  At least UCF won their bowl game.  they also whipped you clowns last year.  At any rate, Central Florida may have a long wait, and East Carolina is not even on the radar.  Enjoy your stays in the C-USA East.  Right now, it is where you belong.

Since: Dec 15, 2009
Posted on: April 15, 2011 8:39 am

AD Keith Tribble: UCF will be in a BCS league

You truly are dilusional!  ECU just built a state of the art softball, track, and soccer complex just beside the baseball, football, and basketball complex.  You have an aluminum can for a stadium that cannot easily be expanded.  We have 50,000 seats now, and plans to add another 8,000 in the next 5 years.  We are adding a basketball practice facility in the next two years.  All of this was built by us.  We have no BCS money, so we build our own.  Yours was built by the state.  I hope that you do get into the Big East.  Have fun in Conference USA 2!  ECU is priming for the future, and the future is much brighter than the BE, who will not be AQ for much longer anyway once they are scavenged again by the ACC/Big 10.  Oh, and by the way, you will be shown what a real "big time" college football atmosphere is like when you come to Greenville this year!  Then you can go home to your modified high school aluminum can for the next game wondering what could have been!

Since: Apr 14, 2011
Posted on: April 15, 2011 7:31 am

AD Keith Tribble: UCF will be in a BCS league

you mean like team from the ACC? seems to me the B1G has owned those teams. and if your speaking about the SEC vs the B1G you might want to look up the over all record not just tOSU vs SEC. you will be amazed i am sure.

Since: Dec 10, 2007
Posted on: April 14, 2011 11:34 pm

AD Keith Tribble: UCF will be in a BCS league

I really have no idea if the Big 12 would consider UCF for future membership, but it's not really as much of a stretch as might seem at first glance.  First, UCF is about as close to most Big 12 teams as TCU and USF are to the northeastern Big East teams.  Secondly, it would give the Big 12 one of the top TV markets in the country, and in a brand new state.  Thirdly, it would give the Big 12 a presence in one of the most lucrative recruiting hotbeds. 

Better yet, invite both UCF and USF into the Big 12.  Or if USF didn't want to leave the Big East for the Big 12, then invite either Memphis, Southern Miss, or possibly East Carolina. 

Since: Sep 1, 2008
Posted on: April 14, 2011 11:11 pm

AD Keith Tribble: UCF will be in a BCS league

I hate to say but it is time to let a few Basketball only schools go, bring in UCF and finally put the hammer down to Notre Dame who is using the BE to prop up its non football sports. In or Out ND.
Down with ND! But sorry the Big East commisioner has no balls whatsover. He doesn't sell his product the big east conference very well, I question if he actually wants it to be a big time conference in football at all.

If Pac-12 commisioner Larry Scott wanted to achieve a goal he would not sit around and wish for it behind closed doors. He went for the home run with Texas and couldn't accomplish it so he got the next best thing and called it a day. Even the Sun Belt commisioner urges teams to build up their programs and is trying to add more football teams. The Big East commisioner needs to be  a man and say listen your in or your not stop this silly votes. Even if you don't have the money just say your in and join in a few years so we can tell UCF and another school to come in with you guys.

And kick ND Big East basketball will still be good without them. As long as you have Syracuse, Uconn, Louisville, and Pitt the conference will be one of the best in basketball. Giving ND an ultimatium would also be a good way to trap them into joining. Imagine the look on their stuck up presidents face when hears since you ike being independant so much good luck in all sports.

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