Nittany Lions Add Central Florida to 2013 Home Schedule, Future Game in Orlando Possible
Penn State announced Wednesday afternoon that the University of Central Florida will visit Beaver Stadium on Sept. 14 to complete the Nittany Lions' 2013 football schedule.
The University of Virginia recently notified Penn State it would not be playing the game scheduled for Sept. 14 in Beaver Stadium in order to play an additional home game.
According to a university release, the Nittany Lions and Knights are discussing playing a game in Orlando, possibly during the 2014 or 2015 season. Penn State and Virginia are working to re-schedule the previously scheduled game for a future season.
Since his arrival at Penn State and the announcement of a four-year bowl ban, coach Bill O'Brien has long promoted a bowl-like destination against a nonconference opponent. A meeting against Central Florida in Orlando could possibly fulfill such a goal.
“It will be a great honor to play against UCF and Coach (George) O’Leary,” O’Brien said in the release. “UCF is a good football team. Coach O’Leary has done a fantastic job at UCF and obviously he has meant a lot to my career. This will be a great game for our fans, and I’m really looking forward to it.”
O’Brien was a member of O’Leary’s staff at Georgia Tech from 1995-2001. O’Brien was a graduate assistant coach from 1995-97, running backs coach from 1998-2000 and was promoted to offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach in 2001, O’Leary’s final season with the Yellow Jackets.
UCF went 10-4 in 2012, playing in the Conference USA Championship game and beating Ball State in the Beef O’Brady's Bowl. The Knights will begin play in the Big East Conference this fall.