UCF AD Danny White opens door to 'fairy-tale' scenario regarding 2-for-1 scheduling
Danny White has evidently changed his mind on his scheduling philosophy. At least in the sense of being open to a possibility of a 2-for-1 schedule with a big-time program.
The Central Florida athletics director said in an interview with Mike Bianchi, which he shared on radio and later in the Orlando Sentinel, that the previously “unequitable” 2-for-1 idea against upper tier Power 5 opponents has shifted. White previously didn’t believe those Power 5 teams would play a road game at UCF’s 45,000-seat Spectrum Stadium. Of course, the Florida Gators are the opponent many have in mind for White’s future scheduling decisions.
Bianchi explained that UCF is on the cusp of selling out 28,000 season tickets, and then students have access to 13,000 tickets. That leaves roughly 4,000 seats for fans of the opponent.
“We’re not going to do two games at somebody else’s stadium and then a neutral-site game in Orlando at Camping World Stadium,” White said. “That’s totally disrespectful to what our fans have built at Spectrum Stadium. I think it was 247sports.com that ranked our stadium as fourth-toughest place to play in college football. We’ve built an unbelievable college football atmosphere at our on-campus stadium. We’re not going to do two-for-neutrals (at Camping World Stadium). That’s silly.”
White opened the door to a two-for-one scheduling scenario if the Gators, or another program, would play at Spectrum Stadium.
“I think that’s speculation that would never happen ,” White said. “(The Gators, etc.) don’t do that. I’m not picking up the phone and calling (powerhouse) programs when I know they don’t do that. It makes me look stupid. But if that fairy-tale scenario happened maybe we would reconsider our two-for-one stance.”
One thing for Florida to consider is if it serves the program better to play UCF, or another, perhaps out-of-state, non-conference opponent.