The UCF Knights are no secret in college football anymore. The boys from Orlando have been terrorizing the rest of the American Athletic Conference season after season. And beginning in July 2002, the university will transition over to the Big 12 Conference, where traditional powerhouses of all sports await. Get ready for the action with the right fan gear. Here are some items we love.
Hit the streets
With more than 70,000 students, UCF is the largest university by enrollment in Florida. That’s a lot of potential license plate frames. Serious fans also can be found with an official UCF license plate, one of the dozens approved by the state. This zinc alloy frame leaves all four corners of the license plate visible.
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Place them anywhere
The Knights’ main rivals are the South Florida Bulls, located down Interstate 4 in Tampa Bay. Their annual battle on the gridiron is often dubbed the War on I-4, and it’s always a day of hard hits and high spirits. These vinyl decals are a great way to stoke fandom for the rivalry. They’re great for cars, laptops, water bottles and more. Just don’t stick one on a classroom window at USF – bad karma, right?
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It’s happy hour
Though the university began classes in 1968, it didn’t field its first varsity football team until 1979. The Knights began as an NCAA Division III and – in 1996 – became the first program in NCAA history to have played in all four divisions of college football. Celebrate the milestone with this triple-insulated tumbler, which holds drinks hot or cold for up to 24 hours. A quick tip: These are better to hand-wash for longevity.
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More than 168,000 of UCF’s 335,500-plus alumni live in Orlando and the Central Florida region – that’s why you see so many of these hats when you’re visiting Disney World. It’s made from 50 percent cotton and 50 percent polyester. It features a snap closure and is recommended for dry cleaning only.
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For men or women
Did you know UCF began in the ’60s as Florida Technological University? It was the university’s second president, Dr. Trevor Colbourn, who pushed for a new name in 1979 that better represented the school’s since-expanded scope. This shirt celebrates the school of today. It’s unisex sized, 100 percent cotton and machine washable. Wear it on game day with pride.
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