What started out as an innocent message board rumor this morning has turned into reality. According to the Orlando Sentinel, Penn State will host Central Florida this coming season on September 14th in Beaver Stadium. Penn State will be traveling to Orlando in 2014 to play the Knights in Bright House Networks Stadium.
If the Sentinel has those dates accurate, the UCF will be replacing Virginia on the schedule in 2013, and UMass in 2014. It is worth mentioning that while the Sentinel mentions the September 14 date, the Bethune Cookman date apparently being rescheduled is September 21st. Neither school has confirmed any details.
Bill O’Brien has a long relationship with current UCF coach George O’Leary, coaching with him from 1995-2001 at Georgia Tech. O’Brien was also in line to go to Notre Dame with O’Leary, before that deal fell apart due to the well known resume padding.
O’Brien has also made no secret about wanting to offer both his players, and Penn State fans, the opportunity to play and travel around the country, despite the NCAA sanctioned bowl ban. While nothing has been confirmed, there have also been reports of PSU possibly going to Ireland to play Army. From a football standpoint, this offers O’Brien the opportunity to sell the chance to play a game close to home for many southern recruits, as the staff continues to push for more of a presence in the talent rich south going forward.
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