The Knights proved that they were more than deserving to be in MAC and rudely kicked the door down, announcing their arrival.The Knights, the lone Florida team, was ready for a “MAC Attack!

”The Knights went 6-2 in their first year in the MAC and finished the season 7-5 overall, proving they belonged in the conference and that they could compete against most teams.

In the Knights last football season in the MAC before UCF transitioned to Conference USA for all sports, the school made a controversial hire of Minnesota Vikings defensive coordinator George O’Leary as their new head coach in 2004.

The hire was more scrutinized as the Golden Knights would go 0-11 in O’Leary’s first season.

The losing streak was extended to 17 games over the course of three seasons as they entered the 2005 season, dropping the first two games of the season.

As the Knights’ football season approaches, high expectations loom with new football head coach Scott Frost at the helm, the chatter of the athletics program leaving the American Athletic Conference for Big 12 expansion leaves a feeling of déjà vu, reminding avid UCF followers of their leap from Conference-USA to the AAC just three-and-a-half years ago.

UCF’s radio play-by-play announcer Marc Daniels has been the voice for UCF sports since 1995, and he’s witnessed the program’s growth over the years.They also dropped the “Golden” from their name and moved into the year as the Knights.The inaugural season of Bright House Networks Stadium saw the Knights go 5-1 at home, with their only loss coming by just three points to No. To go along with the stellar home record, the Knights went 9-3 in the regular season, earning them another chance to host the C-USA Championship game and another chance to defeat Tulsa.The celebration continued on campus as students returned from the game to party in the Reflecting Pond.As if the team was propelled by the fanbase’s excitement over its first win in 18 games, the Knights remarkably went on to win eight out of their last nine games and finished with a conference record of 7-1 in its first season in C-USA.Culpepper not only headed the best football season to date, but also finished sixth in the Heisman Trophy voting that season.