Nov. 12, 2009
ORLANDO, Fla. -
By Leigh Torbin
This upcoming weekend has been promoted all over campus and in the community as an "Armored In Black" weekend where UCF fans are encouraged to show up to both Friday night's men's basketball season opener against UMass and Saturday afternoon's football game against No. 13/12 Houston wearing black.
The football team will follow suit and don black jerseys for Saturday's contest. Special for Homecoming weekend, UCF will have a black uniform top with white numbers and gold trim accompanying its standard 2009 edition white helmets and pants.
With the rapid development of the UCF campus in recent years to accommodate the nation's third-largest student body, there are always new things for the alumni to experience when they return to campus for weekends like Homecoming, along with the familiar things to fondly reminisce about.
In addition to having the Homecoming football game actually played on campus since the 2007 opening of Bright House Networks Stadium, one of the differences has been the look of the football team itself. While the Knights have often switched between white, gold and black helmets over their 31 years of football history, the team's gold home uniforms are a relatively new phenomenon.
The Knights are 19-10 all-time on Homecoming but 80-percent of those contests were in a black uniform that is more recognizable to alumni who may not know the players in those jerseys but knew that those were the beloved UCF Knights wearing them. UCF has worn gold jerseys for the past six seasons, but 25 out of 31 years overall have been spent in black home uniforms which will return for Saturday's Homecoming contest.
The whole ensemble looks sharp. Want to catch a glimpse at it? The first chance will be during pregame warm-ups on Saturday so get to the game early as the first Knights take to the field slightly after 11 a.m. And, there are still seats available if you would like to see UCF's long-awaited return to black jerseys. Tickets can be purchased in advance by calling 407-823-1000, logging onto UCFAthletics.com, or in person Saturday morning at the Bright House Networks Stadium ticket office.
It is a big game for the Knights who stand at 5-4 on the year and need one more win to gain bowl eligibility for the third time in five years. In their way stands No. 13/12 Houston who will pit its Conference USA-leading offense against UCF's C-USA-leading defense in what is sure to be an exciting high-noon showdown.