American Athletic Convention commissioner Mike Aresco is as soon as once more pissed off with the shortage of respect Central Florida has obtained in consideration for the School Soccer Playoff.
For the second consecutive season, the Knights (12-0) have gone undefeated — giving them a 25-game profitable streak following final season’s 13-Zero marketing campaign that was billed as a nationwide title by the varsity (UCF even had a parade and paid coaches title bonuses final yr).
This yr, it is a related narrative. The Knights solely obtained a No. eight rating within the closing playoff standings and finally landed a matchup with LSU within the Fiesta Bowl. Three playoff groups — Alabama (13-0), Clemson (13-0) and Notre Dame (12-0) — additionally have not misplaced in 2018, whereas Oklahoma (12-1) fell to Texas.
“Sadly, there’s this notion of our convention, which is simply flat-out unsuitable, like by some means we play JV soccer, which is ridiculous,” Aresco stated on the SportsBusines Journal’s Intercollegiate Athletics Discussion board on Tuesday.
UCF’s power of schedule (104th nationally) has been cited by the committee over the previous two seasons as a purpose for not being closely thought-about. Final season, the Knights beat Auburn within the Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl and had a non-conference victory over Maryland. This yr it owns wins over Cincinnati, Pittsburgh and Memphis on its résumé.
Additional explaining his aggravation with the league’s notion, Aresco stated: “The purpose is, what I believe is a giant concern is (UCF wasn’t) actually significantly thought-about for this. It doesn’t seem that they had been, and that’s the issue.
“You take a look at the opposite video games that they’ve performed and gained and the adversity they’ve confronted and also you say to your self, ‘Properly, what have they got to do?’ And the query then turns into, is half of faculty soccer precluded from enjoying on this playoff?”
“I’m not singling out anybody, however (the AAC has) acquired seven so-called (energy 5) wins this yr, 33 within the final 4 years, we’ve had huge wins in opposition to prime packages.”