UCF is taking one step forward and two steps back in their national perception.
Winning made them a media darling.
And then it goes to their head:
- They claim to be national champions, hang it in their stadium and host a parade. The result is that other NCAA Football fans dislike the arrogance and the fan base.
- The AD, the fans, and the local paper tell other universities that 2-for-1 scheduling is beneath them. The result is they have no marque P5 teams scheduled. Alabama, Florida and Miami schedule 2-for-1s with UCFs biggest instate rival instead, arguably out of spite, and the AAC commissioner politely indicates that their AD is an idiot.
UCF football laid a golden egg with back to back New Years bowl appearances, and not 6 months later they are almost universally hated and mocked by the rest of the sports world for their arrogance and inflated ego. Fans, writers, other athletic directors, and their own conference commissioner are calling them out.