UCF soccer’s ongoing feud with Florida has now bled into the offseason.
The newest chapter on this story stems from a remark UCF quarterback McKenzie Milton posted on an Instagram put up making enjoyable of his workforce. Milton, or somebody on his account, responded to a meme saying “Florida needs UCF” after the Gators’ 41-15 win over Michigan within the Peach Bowl. Milton took subject with that, and responded.
The backstory: Florida (10-3) and UCF (12-1) have mentioned the potential for enjoying one another, with Florida athletic director Scott Stricklin in favor of a two-for-one sequence by which the Gators journey as soon as to Orlando and the Knights journey twice to Gainesville. UCF athletic director Danny White has overtly scoffed at that, saying it isn’t a deal a “prime 10” program would take.
Then there’s the notion that Florida ducked UCF within the Peach Bowl for worry of dropping to an in-state Group of 5 opponent. In actuality, it appears there is a handshake settlement between the Playoff committee and Peach Bowl that retains it from internet hosting Group of 5 groups in consecutive years.
There’s one thing else to notice: Milton responded to the original post earlier than UCF’s 40-32 loss to LSU within the Fiesta Bowl, a sport Milton wasn’t capable of play in due to an harm. So this is not a case of UCF dropping, then Milton turning round and saying it was nonetheless higher than Florida, which beat LSU earlier within the 12 months.
It is extra doubtless he acquired fed up with materials posted at his workforce’s expense and responded accordingly.
It is truthful to say UCF soccer has been a goal amongst faculty soccer followers after it declared itself the 2017 national champion. The Knights have antagonized faculty soccer’s greatest energy brokers whereas creating discussions about the Group of 5 and its function within the notoriously unique Faculty Soccer Playoff. Whether or not you agree along with his sentiment that UCF is a “higher program” than Florida (the Knights are 25-1 since 2017, whereas the Gators are 14-10) is irrelevant.
In addition to, Milton’s protection of his workforce is not even the worst factor gamers tweeted this postseason. That distinction clearly belongs to Georgia players who overtly questioned on Twitter why Notre Dame and Oklahoma had been within the Playoff, and never “the most effective 4 groups,” which presumably would someway embrace Georgia.
Three days later, the Bulldogs put up a bland performance that noticed them lose 28-21 to Texas in a Sugar Bowl that wasn’t as shut because the rating suggests. That prompted this response from Oklahoma heart Creed Humphrey, whose workforce misplaced 45-34 to No. 1 Alabama within the Orange Bowl.
— Creed Humphrey (@creed_humphrey) January 2, 2019
That stated: Milton’s put up will do nothing to engender solidarity for UCF among the many remainder of the faculty soccer fandom.