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George O'Leary: "Group of Five schools want to play as many Thursday and Friday games as you can"

George O'Leary


Central Florida plays three weeknight games in 2015. There's the opener against Florida International on Thursday, Sept. 3, a home date with East Carolina on Thursday, Nov. 19, and the finale against South Florida on Black Friday, Nov. 27, in Orlando.

According to Knights head coach George O'Leary, that's not nearly enough.

Speaking to a group of UCF fans Monday night, O'Leary espoused the power of television, saying the Knights' popularity over the past three years - a run that includes a 22-2 mark in conference play - is owed to television. And the way for a Group of Five program to get on TV, O'Leary says, is to play during the week.

"I think there's a reason as a Group of Five schools you want to play as many Thursday and Friday night games as you can. I mean just look at our record, which I think is something that is unbelievable," O'Leary said, via the Orlando Sentinel. The Knights are 21-6 in weeknight games since 2007 according to the Sentinel.

AAC commissioner Mike Aresco recently said he spoke with O'Leary and said the coach "seemed overall pleased with the schedule." O'Leary disagreed.

"I'm not pleased with the schedule at all," O'Leary said Monday night. "I don't know what Mike is talking about."

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