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O'Leary disappointed with UCF fans, student section

UCF head coach George O’Leary admitted his disappointment with certain UCF students and the overall crowd at Saturday’s game against South Dakota.

UCF announced a crowed of 34,373 fans, far shy of the 45,000+ capacity at Bright House Networks Stadium. Perhaps most disappointing to O'Leary, many of the students booed starting QB Rob Calbrese during starting lineup announcements.

Calabrese entered the game 4-7 as the UCF starting quarterback. 

During his weekly press conference, O’Leary said, “You know, I get a little disturbed at some of our student body. You know before the game, [Eric Kohler is] announcing the starting lineups and we’ve got the students booing your starting quarterback. I turned around and they saw me looking and stopped, but you know that’s not how that kid should be treated.”

“I was disappointed in the turnout. I moved the game to night time to help people. I’d much rather play at 12 o’clock or 1 o’clock because, for my football team, it gives them half a day off their feet — another half a day of rest when the game’s over. The reason we move it to six o’clock, seven o’clock games unless it’s a TV game is for the fan base. I was disappointed in the fan base that showed up. I think the regular fan base is there, but you know I don’t listen to Labor Day excuses because every other stadium it’s Labor Day too. And I watched some games on TV and it didn’t seem to bother them. We need to address that as an administration. We really do.”

UCF won 38-7 with Calabrese completing 12 of 15 passes with 1 touchdown. The Golden Knights host NC State this Saturday night.