Bob Diaco doesn’t want to talk about the ‘ConFLiCT’

(WTNH)–UConn football is hosting Central Florida on Saturday at Rentschler Field.

Remember UCF–the Huskies’ rivals in the “Civil ConFLiCT?” That’s the rivalry game UConn head coach Bob Diaco manufactured. They had a special trophy made for the game, and then it turned out that Central Florida had no idea it even existed.

“They don’t get to say whether they’re our rival or not,” Diaco said then. “We might not be their rival, but they don’t get to say whether they’re our rival. That’s for us to decide.”

Well, UCF went winless in 2015 (0-12), turning out not to be the standard for excellence in American Athletic Conference football Diaco likely imagined.

Needless to say, the rivalry never got going.

Diaco was asked about the ConFLiCT on Monday, and he wasn’t very interested in discussing it.

“I’ve had enough of the conversation externally, so I’m not going to get into all that business,” the head coach said. He also wouldn’t say if the trophy was being brought to Rentschler Field on Saturday.

Diaco took a lot of heat nationally (and here on for creating the pseudo-rivalry with the Knights. UCF is 3-3 entering the game this year.

Kickoff on Saturday is set for 12 noon in East Hartford. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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