University of Central Florida (UCF Knights) face Penn State in their 2014 Season opener in GAA HQ on the 30th August 2014.
Ireland of course has its own vibrant American Football scene. The IAFL, under the remit of the Irish American Football Association (IAFA) plays adult, full contact American football using NCAA rules – those used in major college football in the USA.
Coach O’Leary has the Knights playing at their highest level ever. He took over the program ten years ago and has rebuilt it from the ground up. The Knights’ two signature victories of the season past were against previously undefeated and #8 ranked Louisville, which followed on the heels of their win in Beaver Stadium in September over the Penn State Nittany Lions.
UCF (Knights) and Penn State will open their 2014 campaigns August 30 when they meet in the inaugural Croke Park Classic in Dublin, led by two of the most highly regarded college coaches. George O’Leary and Bill O’Brien have previously worked on the same staff at Georgia Tech.
It’s shaping up to be a great battle of these two giants of American College Football this August. It will be be the first time that UCF and Penn State have played outside the United States guaranteed to bring huge fanfare and significant travelling support.
Croke Park Stadium has been at the heart of Irish sporting life for over a hundred years. Boasting a capacity for 82,300 people, the stadium is the home of Gaelic games and the headquarters of the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA).
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