It’s time for the University of Central Florida (UCF) to pull the plug on head coach George O’Leary.

This will mark the third season in four years O'Leary has led UCF to a losing record. Not good enough.

This will likely mark the third season in four years O'Leary has led UCF to a losing record. Not good enough.

UCF is the fifth-largest university in the nation, has top-notch practice facilities, a brand-new stadium, and a prime location for recruiting.

Yet, for the second consectuive season – they can’t compete in Conference USA (CUSA). That’s inexusable.

A two-hour drive away, Jim Leavitt has made the University of South Florida (USF) matter … without any of the resources available to O’Leary.

In 2007, USF was in the national championship discussion … if only for a minute. On Saturday, USF beat FSU by double-digits in Tallahassee.

The O’Leary Era hasn’t been all bad. He led UCF to bowls in 2004 and 2007 and its first CUSA championship in 2007.

But 2008 was a disaster, as the Knights went 4-8 and placed fifth in CUSA (3-5).

Things aren’t looking any better in 2009. The Knights are 2-2, with both losses coming in conference play.

O’Leary’s recruiting classes aren’t improving. He has a reputation for overworking players, and the death of Ereck Plancher in conditioning drills prior to the 2008 season certainly hasn’t helped matters.

The 2009 campaign will likely mark the third time in four seasons that UCF has a losing season. That’s not good enough. Not in this conference, with these facilities, on these recruiting grounds.

It’s time for fresh blood in Orlando. It’s time to can George O’Leary.

Editors note: Should O’Leary lead UCF to an improbable victory over Miami and/or Texas, please disregard this blog post. Thank you.

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