UCF's close call The Orlando Sentinel coverage of University of Central Florida football this season has been stellar, as have the opinions expressed by columnists about Coach George O'Leary and his dual role as coach and athletic director. I recall a time when UCF football almost went out of business. It was in the early '80s, and I was the director of development for the UCF Foundation. Then-President Trevor Colbourn, who started the program, walked into my office and sat down. He said, "Jim, I can't meet payroll for the football team next week. What am I going to do?" While I was not responsible for athletic fundraising, only academic, I was puzzled as to why he came to me. So I suggested he pick up the phone and call Wayne Densch of Densch Beer Distributing in Sanford, who was a supporter. I told Colbourn to invite him out for a drink and tell him the challenge he was facing. Colbourn didn't say a word and walked out of my office, and I thought I was in real trouble. Three days later, he came back to my office, reached in his pocket and pulled out a check from Densch and said to me, "Anybody else you think I should have a drink with?" That was the first time Densch saved the program. Although UCF is having a losing season, at least today it can meet payroll.