UConn head football coach Bob Diaco is a beauty.
First, for some reason, he made up a rivalry with Central Florida, one of the best programs in the less-than-stellar American Athletic Conference.
Then, he dubbed the rivalry the “Civil Conflict,” which sounds like something you’d come up with for your created college in NCAA Football 09.
Now, after hilarious public backlash, Diaco is changing the name to simply “ConFLiCT,” which capitalizes the FL and CT because…yeah…clever, right?
Of course, it’s not the ridiculous name of the rivalry that made it national news when it was created in June. It’s the fact that Central Florida had no idea that they were about to become rivals with the Huskies.
But that’s okay–because, as Diaco said, it isn’t up to them.
“They don’t get to say whether they’re our rival or not,” the coach told reporters in June. “We might not be their rival, but they don’t get to say whether they’re our rival. That’s for us to decide.”
On Tuesday, Diaco stood by his creation, though he did try to explain why he didn’t tell Central Florida about it before creating a trophy and tweeting out the number of days in the year that were left before the “rivalry” “resumed.”
Diaco on Civil Conflict with UCF: “That was created out of respect for their program and the coaches…The logistics of it were hindsight.”
— Neill Ostrout (@NeillOstrout) August 4, 2015
Central Florida head coach George O’Leary wasn’t an original believer in the Civil Conflict:
“My experience is you’re more likely to have a rivalry against a team closer to where you live,” he said. “When you go 10 states away, I think it’s hard.”
But apparently he’s coming around.
George O’Leary to Bob Diaco about his Civil Conflict trophy for game at UCF … “Make sure it’s on the plane.” — Jeff Jacobs (@jacobscourant) August 4, 2015
UConn and Central Florida will resume (?) this conflict (?) October 10 in Orlando.
It’s about to get un-civil.