“They don’t get to say whether they’re our rival or not.”

This is hilarious.  Insane, but hilarious.

The kicker is, if Diaco’s obnoxious enough about it, I can see the general irritation level rising to a point where it in essence becomes a rivalry.

And you think football coaches don’t have any free time on their hands.

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30 responses to ““They don’t get to say whether they’re our rival or not.”

  1. Steve Patterson thinks they should play this game in the Anbar province.

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  2. Spike

    The guy is kind of full of himself, no?

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  3. If they really wanted to stir up shit they’d schedule it opposite the Army Navy Game in mid-December.

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  4. CannonDawg

    Diaco finished 2-10 last year, with victories over Stony Brook and UCF. Stony Brook might have been the wiser choice for his unilateral declaration of rivalry. Then again, coming off a two-win campaign it might have been better to have used his time (and his mouth) a bit more selectively. The flip side, however, is if he goes 2-10 again but beats UCF, at least he can claim he beat his biggest rival. Then the rivalry will be on, for sure.

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  5. JCDAWG83

    I never realized coaches decided who the rivals were.

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  6. 81Dog

    it appears George O’Leary is not drinking the fake juice. Perhaps he’s polishing up his resume instead of worrying about which schools have declared UCF to be a rival.

    Can you imagine a press conference with O’Leary and Paul Johnson sharing an interview table? The acid in the air would probably burn a hole into the space time continuum.

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  7. Sh3rl0ck

    Gary Barnett basically did the same thing when he was at Colorado. He just decided that Nebraska was their biggest rival. Nebraska never reciprocated.

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  8. Cosmic Dawg

    So weird to do the trophy thing unilaterally

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    • hassan

      No kidding. If UCF wins, how will that look when they decline the trophy?

      Or maybe they’ll just leave it in the trash at the team hotel?

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      • SMDH

        I really really really want this to happen.

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        • The Dawg abides

          Definitely. It would be hilarious if UCF just started kicking their ass every year and never acknowledged that there was a trophy. Just leave the field without accepting it. Uconn is desperate to be a power five school. While they do have the best combined bball program in the country, their football program is a joke and they bring nothing else to a major conference.

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          • Mayor

            Some teams gotta lose so other teams can win. Some have to be at the bottom so others are at the top. UConn fills the loser role.

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  9. Cousin Eddie

    “They don’t get to say whether they’re our rival or not.”……but they can say if you are a nut job.

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  10. Argondawg

    In other news: the onion is no longer needed!

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  11. This is hilarious. If football doesn’t workout he’ll have a career in promotions. He’s got some bill veeck and pt Barnum in him. Why not? As far as the north/south angle, our side of the line certainly never shrinked from exploiting that hostility so how can we complain? It does seem silly and dated but who knows maybe there’s still some bad blood in storrs.

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    • Trust me, Derek, there’s damn near nothing in Storrs other than a rather nice University in the middle of nowhere.

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      • Been there. Ugliest girls on the planet. There is a tremendous lack of talent on that campus and yes it is in the middle of BFE. I lived in Connecticut for a couple of months in the late 1980’s and there was still some Yankee superiority/hostility around. Also some extraordinarily nice folks too. Strange thing about up north. Half the people are the best people you’ll ever know and the other half are the biggest assholes you’ll ever suffer. However, in total, was very happy to get home.

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  12. John McKay

    So….according to George O’Leary you have to be in a state close to your rival and not be “ten states away” for a serious rivalry to exist. Is that right Ara?

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  13. Knute Rockne

    George Who? Never heard of him.

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    • Dan Devine

      Yeah, you have. He’s that guy who was hired to coach the Fighting Irish but got fired a week later for phonying up his resume. Never coached a game in South Bend. Never got paid a dime by the University either.

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      • John Robinson

        Yeah, I know that guy. Used to coach at Georgia Tech. Last decent coach they ever had there. He’s still a loudmouth and an ass.

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        • Frank Leahy

          Yeah. He doesn’t know anything about rivalries because Georgia Tech doesn’t have any. The only thing close to a rivalry that team has would be the University of Georgia and that doesn’t count because the Bulldogs wax ’em almost every year and have for over 50 years.

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        • Cojones

          When his O coordinator went to Maryland from Tech, everyone got a good look at what the O had to do with winning all those games. And George didn’t look as good anymore – until we met his UCF in a bowl game for our only losing year under Richt.

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  14. Ed Kilgore

    The “Ara Parseghian” post has some validity, as is even more obvious at the pro level. There’s nothing organic about the Cowboys/Redskins rivalry, or the old Chiefs/Raiders rivalry. But it obviously takes years of fierce competition with some unforgivable insults thrown in to make one of these, not some unilateral declaration. UConn’s move kinda reminds me of the tiny country in “The Mouse That Roared” that declared war on the U.S., hoping for post-war reconstruction aid.

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    • Cojones

      Funny when using Ara’s name here in this situation. One of the most laid back passive aggressive foot ball rivalries was born when Ara left NW after bringing them up to a Big Ten power team that could beat Michigan, OSU, Wisconsin and others, only to leave them for ND. Them was some pissed off students and alums who cursed ND harder than they did Ara – and they still have animas for ND.

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  15. Spike

    That was a funny movie indeed, Ed.

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  16. Cojones

    I think that the U Conn Coach has a great sense of humor and great stage presence. He obviously is entertaining himself plus a few others (to include us) without causing harm to others. Good grief, he’s just having fun and throwing in a few stinging nettles to boot. Hell, I’ve seen that here for years.

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