UConn coach says he doesn’t need UCF’s consent for rivalry

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — UConn football coach Bob Diaco says he doesn’t need UCF’s permission to create a rivalry game with the Knights.

Diaco last week posted a picture of a trophy he had commissioned for the annual game between the American Athletic Conference schools, which he has dubbed “The Civil Conflict.” Above the trophy was a countdown clock marking the amount of time until the Oct. 10 game in Orlando.

The post created a social media stir, especially after UCF coach George O’Leary said knew nothing about any rivalry game with UConn.

Diaco said Monday that UConn considers UCF its football rival, whether that feeling is reciprocal or not.

UConn beat UCF 37-29 at Rentschler Field last season, the Huskies’ only win over a Division I opponent, and the Knights’ lone conference loss.