Mike Bianchi, playing scheduling broker, claims a breakthrough with UCF’s Danny White and that potential (using the term as broadly as imaginable) series with the Gators.
In an interview with me a few days ago, UCF athletics director Danny White opened the door ever so slightly and seems to have at least gotten the attention of Florida AD Scott Stricklin.
White, a guest on my Open Mike radio show, said, yes, he would consider a two-for-one series with the Gators (two games in Gainesville, one game in Orlando) as long as the one game in Orlando was played at UCF’s Spectrum Stadium and not at Camping World Stadium.
This is certainly a public alteration in White’s stance in that he has previously stated he wouldn’t schedule any “inequitable” two-for-ones against big-time Power 5 opponents.
Sounds like a deal! Well, not so fast…
However, when I asked White if he would alter his philosophy against playing two-for-ones if the Gators or another big-time program agreed to play to play at Spectrum Stadium, he was skeptical but he certainly left the door open.
“I think that’s speculation that would never happen,” White replied. “They [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 [with non-Power 5 programs like UCF]. It makes me look stupid. But if that fairy-tale scenario happened maybe we would reconsider our two-for-one stance.”
There is so much plausible deniability packed into that statement, it comes off as little more than a challenge for Scott Stricklin to pick up the phone, with no guarantee that he’ll get anything more than more posturing from White if he does. Even Bianchi’s not willing to go any further.
I don’t believe this is the “fairy tale” scenario that White believes it to be. In fact, it’s my understanding that Stricklin would at least consider playing a two-for-one with UCF even if the Gators had to play their one roadie at Spectrum Stadium.
Yeah, this is so happening.