UConn promotes UCF football rivalry that UCF says it was unaware of

Monday June 1st, 2015

Connecticut Football's twitter account posted a photograph of a trophy it claims will commemorate the second annual "Civil Conflict" rivalry game between it and Central Florida this upcoming season. The only problem? UCF says it has no involvement in the rivalry

Despite having no geographic connection or shared history to speak of, UCF and UConn now play football in the American Conference. UConn, which was one of the worst teams in FBS last season, had only one win over an FBS opponent.

For reasons that defy explanation, that win came against UCF, who beat every other school from the American that it played last year. 

UCF put out an official statement Monday saying, "UCF did not have any involvement in the creation of a trophy or an annual rivalry game with UConn." The school was surprised by UConn's tweet, according to Rivals

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The trophy only has one listed game score on it: UConn's 39–27 win in 2014. It neglects to list the only other meeting between the two schools, 2013's 62–17 UCF victory.  

UConn coach Bob Diaco proposed a rivalry back in 2014 after his team's win. The rivalry was then worked out behind closed doors between Diaco and UCF coach George O'Leary, according to John Silver, who covers UConn football for SNYUconn.com.

Silver explained Monday that the trophy was created as "kind of an internal trophy" and that each school's athletic department was not involved. 

Ah, yes. One of those time-tested internal trophies.

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