UConn football coach Bob Diaco said Monday that he doesn’t need UCF’s permission to create a rivalry with the Knights.
No, he really did say that.
In true rivalry form, Diaco said he didn’t care whether UCF wanted to acknowledge the game as a rivalry and that he was calling it a rivalry and that was that.
"Why do I have to call their athletic department to say we've got them targeted as our rival, period," Diaco said on a Monday morning conference call. "What control over that would they have and what do I care what they think?... If they don't want to honor our rivalry, we're not their rival, that's on them. I don't control what they want. If they don't want to be a part of the trophy, I don't care about that, either.”
So this then becomes a philosophical question: Is it really a rivalry if the other teams doesn’t acknowledge it to be?
UConn football on Twitter last week posted a picture of a trophy UConn created for the newly established rivalry dubbed “The Civil Conflict.”
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