Central Florida's opener against Penn State is indeed scheduled to be played in Dublin, Ireland, three days from today. Which means, according to a report from Fox Sports' Bruce Feldman earlier this month, we could be three days or so from UCF head coach George O'Leary's retirement.
Feldman stated that O'Leary, 68, was "strongly considering" retiring during the season, possibly as soon as the aftermath of the Penn State game, and hand the reigns to assistant head coach for offense/offensive line coach/recruiting coordinator Brent Key.
Not so, says O'Leary. He denied the report at the time, and did so again Wednesday before boarding the Knights' plane to Dublin.
"You know me better than that," O'Leary told the Orlando Sentinel. "As good or bad as it gets, I’m going to finish what I started."
Central Florida president John Hitt reiterated that O'Leary would coach through the season.
"Coach O'Leary would never quit after one game in a season," Hitt told the paper. "Whoever wrote that doesn't know George O'Leary. George will retire when he retires. We hope his health stays great. He’s often said when he has two straight days when he goes to work and doesn’t have fun then he’ll retire. We think and hope it will be a good, long while before that happens."
Entering his 11th season at UCF, O'Leary is 72-56 at the school, coming off a 12-1 campaign in which he led UCF to an American Athletic Conference championship, a Fiesta Bowl victory, and won the inaugural AAC Coach of the Year award in December.