Scott Should Force USF to Help UCF

Where are you, Tallahassee?

Where are you, Gov. Rick Scott?

Where are you, State Speaker of the House and Winter Park resident Dean Cannon?

Where are you, all of our senators and congressmen and movers and shakers who are supposed to be helping our state grow and prosper?

UCF, the largest university in Florida and the second largest university in the nation, needs your help.

Badly.

It’s time for our government officials to get involved and stop USF from the apparent back-room politicking in yet another petty, pathetic attempt to keep UCF from gaining access to the big money and the big exposure of the Big East.

Officials at UCF have been telling us this forever, but now it’s becoming public on a national scale as the Big East is desperately trying to add teams to make up for Syracuse and Pitt defecting to the ACC earlier this week. UCF is apparently one of the Big East’s top candidates, but USF is standing in the way.

According to a report in the Newark Star-Ledger, the Big East “is willing to consider Central Florida, although there continues to be resistance from South Florida. One official said that South Florida could eventually be persuaded to sign off on Central Florida if it was in the best interests of the league.”

I’ve got a better idea: How about Florida politicians persuading USF to sign off on UCF because it’s in the best interest of the state?

There is little question in former Florida Senator Lee Constantine’s mind that USF President Judy Genshaft is up to her old tricks.

via Mike Bianchi, OrlandoSentinel.com