Don Jonas: From PSU, To UCF & To Ireland



Sept. 12, 2013

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By Chip Fontanazza

As the first ever head football coach at UCF, Don Jonas has witnessed a lot of UCF's history. Next summer, he will take part in another historic event when the UCF Knights takes on the Penn State Nittany Lions in the inaugural Croke Park Classic in Dublin, Ireland.

The former Knights head coach has strong ties to both schools. He played quarterback for the Nittany Lions in the late 1950s and was the person who started the UCF football program in 1979. When Jonas started the team he never thought both of these programs would ever face each other, let alone play each other in another country.

The man who led UCF to its first ever victory says he and his wife will be traveling to the Emerald Isle for ten days to watch the game and explore the country of Ireland.

"It's going to be a great trip," said Jonas. "George [O'Leary] had mentioned to me there was a possibility it could happen and I'm glad it did."

To find out more about Don Jonas and what next year's game will be like for him watch the video above.

For more information on the Croke Park Classic and to start planning your trip to Ireland to watch the Knights, go to



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