- Jul 30, 2009
Lots of cold afternoons in...Orlando??When they first started it was still the Tangerine Bowl! I remember going to the Don Jonas (first head coach) games. The entire stadium was aluminum benches. On a cold day or night it was impossible to be comfortable. They drew pretty well, as many as 14k in the early years.
Years later I joined a local country club at which Jonas was also a member. I used to see him all the time. Well into his 70's by then he would walk hunched over and struck me as a very short guy for someone who played years of pro and semi-pro football. Everyone called him "Coach" and he seemed very content with it.
In short, UCF has come a long way and it's always good to see a program put the work in and reach their goals.