The UCF Knights announced on Friday afternoon that they have accepted the Big 12 Conference’s invitation to join the league.
The announcement came shortly after the Big 12 Conference publicly extended invitations to BYU, Cincinnati, Houston and UCF to join the conference. The invitation needed approval from the UCF Board of Trustees, who met Friday afternoon.
The invitation and acceptance puts the Knights on a track to join a conference that will provide their football program better access to the College Football Playoff. In the past decade, the Knights have been to three New Year’s Six bowl games, gone undefeated in back-to-back seasons (2017-18) and claimed a national championship via the Colley Matrix, an algorithm formerly used as part of the BCS computer rankings, which is recognized by the NCAA.
As a football program, UCF started as a Division III independent in 1979 and worked its way up to Division I FCS in 1990, and then Division I FBS in 1996. At one time, the program was best known for producing quarterback Daunte Culpepper.
The Knights joined the Mid-American Conference in 2002, followed by a stint in Conference USA starting in 2005. The Knights joined the American Athletic Conference in 2013.
Per reports this week, the Knights, like Houston and Cincinnati, must give the AAC 27 months’ notice before leaving for another conference. That may make it difficult for the Knights to join the Big 12 in the fall of 2023, as that is 24 months from now.
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