UCF Around The Web (12/22/2013 Morning)

December 22, 2013 in Around The Web

UCF loses defensive coordinator; O'Leary leads defense for Baylor
Florida Today
UCF coach George O'Leary is a longtime defensive coach. He built his career on an ability to construct top-notch defenses, and even this year's team is a reflection of O'Leary's defensive philosophies and many of his moves. In a 30-minute interview with 

UCF loses defensive coordinator; O'Leary leads defense for Baylor
Florida Today
The departure of UCF defensive coordinator Jim Fleming was not ideal timing. Fleming, who accepted a head coaching position at Rhode Island, did a tremendous job of finding the right pieces and making the right calls to guide the Knights' defense to an 

Baylor will return 5000 unsold Fiesta Bowl tickets
Waco Tribune-Herald
Last week, UCF, the winner of the American Athletic Conference, reported it had sold about 5,000 tickets, or less than one-third of its allotment. Many UCF fans reportedly used social media to say they would not be able to make the trip to Glendale because of 

Keith Carter makes first start as Valpo cruises past Southeastern
Post-Tribune
Nothing like scoring 22 of the first 24 points to open a game. That will make any coach ecstatic. It also helps to be playing in a tournament in Florida in late December. Valparaiso opened the Jackson Hewitt UCF Holiday Classic in Orlando, Fla., with a 22-2 run 

Women's Basketball State Roundup: Iona Pulls Away From UCF With Free Throws
The Ledger
UCF junior forward Stephanie Taylor posted a career day of 16 points, which included an 8-of-10 showing from the charity stripe. She also added a season-high three blocks. Sophomore guard Briahanna Jackson contributed 15 points, and junior guard 

If Baylor is so f'ing good…
UCFSports.com Fan Forum - (Art_Vandelay) – December 21, 2013, 11:51 pm

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UCF rolls over Rio Grande
UCFSports.com
Kasey Wilson scored 19 points and had nine rebounds as UCF rolled past Rio Grande 86-58 in the first round of the Jackson Hewitt UCF Holiday Classic. Daiquan Walker added 11 points for the Knights (7-3), who won their fourth straight. Tristan Spurlock 

Rhode Island tabs UCF assistant Fleming football coach
W*USA 9
Kingston, RI (SportsNetwork.com) – The University of Rhode Island announced the hiring of Central Florida defensive coordinator Jim Fleming as its new head football coach on Friday. Fleming, who will be introduced Monday at a news conference on campus 

UCF rolls to 86-58 win over NAIA Rio Grande
NorthJersey.com
(AP) ? Kasey Wilson scored 19 points and had nine rebounds as Central Florida rolled past Rio Grande 86-58 in the first round of the Jackson Hewitt UCF Holiday Classic on Saturday. Daiquan Walker added 11 points for the Knights (7-3), who won their 

Valparaiso routs Southeastern (Fla.) 89-46
Columbus Ledger-Enquirer
ORLANDO, Fla. ? LaVonte Dority scored 18 points and Alec Peters added 16 as Valparaiso routed Southeastern (Fla.) 89-46 on Saturday as part of the UCF Holiday Classic. Valparaiso (8-5) scored the game's first nine points and led 22-2 midway through 

Crusaders dial long distance in blowout
nwitimes.com
Alec Peters drilled a 3-pointer on Valparaiso's first possession Saturday night and the Crusaders never looked back in their first game of the UCF Holiday Classic. Peters and Lavonte Dority each hit four long-distance shots as the Crusaders knocked down 15 

Valparaiso routs Southeastern (Fla.) 89-46
Greenwich Time
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) ? LaVonte Dority scored 18 points and Alec Peters added 16 as Valparaiso routed Southeastern (Fla.) 89-46 on Saturday as part of the UCF Holiday Classic. Valparaiso (8-5) scored the game's first nine points and led 22-2 midway 

Pewter Plank Podcast: 2014 NFL Draft Special Editions
The Pewter Plank
Dec 7, 2013; Dallas, TX, USA; UCF Knights quarterback Blake Bortles (5) runs for a touchdown against the Southern Methodist Mustangs during the second half of an NCAA football game at Gerald J. Ford Stadium. UCF Knights won 17-13. Mandatory Credit: 

UCF rolls to 86-58 win over NAIA Rio Grande
Thegardenisland.com
UCF, which hit 13 of 24 attempts from 3-point range, rode the hot perimeter shooting to a 19-point lead to start the game. The Knights hit five 3-pointers and were up 33-14 after Spurlock finished a fastbreak with a thunderous jam down the middle of the lane 

UCF isn't interested in being Fiesta Bowl underdog, but Knights are no strangers
Orlando Sentinel
UCF (11-1) is making its first-ever appearance in a Bowl Championship Series game, courtesy of an American Athletic Conference championship. And despite quality road wins at Penn State and Louisville and a three-point loss to No. 9 South Carolina, the 

Preview: Rio Grande at Central Florida
Reuters
Central Florida hopes to extend a run of wins over lesser-knowns to four straight games when it hosts NAIA school Rio Grande to kick off the UCF Holiday Classic on Saturday. The Knights have rolled over Stetson, Howard and Jacksonville after a 3-3 start, 

Central Florida 86, Rio Grande 58
Reuters
Central Florida 86, Rio Grande 58: Kasey Wilson finished with 19 points and nine rebounds to lead the host Knights over the Red Storm in the UCF Holiday Classic. Daiquan Walker added 11 points, including 3-of-3 from 3-point range, for Central Florida (7-3), 

UCF rolls to 86-58 win over NAIA Rio Grande
Ct Post
(AP) ? Kasey Wilson scored 19 points and had nine rebounds as Central Florida rolled past Rio Grande 86-58 in the first round of the Jackson Hewitt UCF Holiday Classic on Saturday. Daiquan Walker added 11 points for the Knights (7-3), who won their 

M. Basketball. Reserves Spark Knights in Big Win
UCFAthletics.com 

A huge second half run helped UCF post an 86-58 victory over Rio Grande Saturday in the first game of the Jackson Hewitt UCF Holiday Classic at CFE Arena. Kasey Wilson led the Knights (7-3) with 19 points and nine boards.

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