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Mike Jenkins comments on UCF vs. USF series


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Mike Jenkins comments on UCF vs. USF series

By J.C. CARNAHAN | August 13th, 2010

Orlando Sports Central met up with former South Florida defensive back Mike Jenkins following the Pro Football Hall of Fame Game in Canton, Ohio this past weekend to talk briefly about the UCF-USF football rivalry…

“To be honest with you, I don’t think it’s a rivalry,†said Jenkins with a laugh. “We killed them pretty much every year. You can only make it a rivalry if you go back and forth and we never lost to them.â€

USF took four-straight games from UCF in the only meetings between the two schools from 2005-08.

But should the game still be played?

“Oh yeah, definitely,†said Jenkins. “They should keep it going. It’s not just for the guys that are playing at the schools but for everyone at the colleges.â€

The third-year player with the Dallas Cowboys (drafted in the first round of the 2008 NFL Draft) said it was easy to tell how important the game was to fans.

“When we first played them it was like that from the get-go,†he said.

And despite the animosity between the two sides over the years, Jenkins had some encouraging words about the direction of the UCF program.

“They were pretty much the underdogs from the start,†he said about those matchups. “But I think they’ve got a great program. If they keep hanging with teams like Texas it’s going to come with time for them.â€

He also talked about the new direction for USF under first-year head coach Skip Holtz, who has publicly said he’s open to the idea of renewing the series with UCF (KnightNews).

“I’m a Jim Leavitt guy. He recruited me,†said Jenkins. “But I met up with Skip Holtz and I think he’s a great coach. It’s his time and I think he’s going to go in there and do a great job for those guys.â€

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Interesting read. I hope Mike has a big year.

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Basically he said for the players it was just another game. For the fans it was a rivalry.

Nice.

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LOL  Orlando media on USF/UCF rivalry/game =  :deadhorse   :oldnews   :Flossing  Gosh, I hope they track down Stephen Nicholas, JPP, Nate Allen, Jerome Murphy, Chucky Atkins and Charlie Bradley and get their thoughts too.  ::)

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I agree with Mike on this.  It should be renewed, but not immediately.  We have some pretty big fish to catch right now to prove ourselves as a consistent player in teh BE, and so does UCF in their conference and out side of it.  Plus this BCS conf realignment is coming, and playing each other does nothing for us.

But 5 years from now, it will probably be time to do so.  Once all the dust settles, we achieve soem of our short term goals and they do the same, then it could be fun. 

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I love that the "USF rivalry" is still being talked about by Orlando reporters. But the game should be played in the future. I was attending USF when the four games between USF and UCF took place; they were all a great experience!

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"We pretty much killed them every year"

;D ;D ;D ;D :ROFLMAO

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UCF sucks.

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i would like to renew it next it year instead of playing division 2 team

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i would like to renew it next it year instead of playing division 2 team

You have a point on that, UCF would be better than another D2 school.  But I am glad we are not playing them this year or next, while Holtz has a chance to see what he has, what his needs are, and ensure our success when we do play them. 

I just think the timing is off at the current time.

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