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Why did UCF change from Golden Knights to Knights?
I honestly thought it was a pretty cool name. Especially when you have the Black Knights (Army) and the Scarlet Knights (Rutgers).


I called UCF the Golden Knights until 2008 or so.





But still, why was the name change?
(This post was last modified: 08-15-2013 10:44 AM by Cougar Hippy.)
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RE: Why did UCF change from Golden Knights to Knights?
Have you seen the price of gold lately? It's just too damn expensive staying Golden. Especially in this economy.
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RE: Why did UCF change from Golden Knights to Knights?
We were the "Fighting Knights" when I attended. I hated the move to "Golden Knights." However, I now support the abbreviated "Knights." It is just part of the branding plan (similar to wanting to be "UCF" rather than "Central Florida").
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RE: Why did UCF change from Golden Knights to Knights?
(08-15-2013 10:41 AM)Cougar Hippy Wrote:  I honestly thought it was a pretty cool name. Especially when you have the Black Knights (Army) and the Scarlet Knights (Rutgers).


I called UCF the Golden Knights until 2008 or so.





But still, why was the name change?

Everything really coincided with the OCS, and new Arena. Here is an article from back in 2007 detailing it out.

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"First, UCF never promoted its teams as the Golden Knights until Steve Sloan took over as athletic director in 1993. Prior to that, the school moniker was the Knights.

Second, uniforms for each of the school's athletic teams were, well, not uniform. Some teams stitched "Knights" across their chest, while others referred to themselves as Golden Knights. Sometimes the knight logo with the lance was used; other times the jerseys were emblazoned with just the knight's helmet.

Third, regional and national attention will focus on the university and its athletic teams this fall when the Knights host the University of Texas in a new on-campus stadium in front of a national television audience. Later that fall, UCF men's and women's teams will hit the court in a new arena. "
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RE: Why did UCF change from Golden Knights to Knights?
Golden showers.
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RE: Why did UCF change from Golden Knights to Knights?
I thought they were the U-Knights now.
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RE: Why did UCF change from Golden Knights to Knights?
(08-15-2013 10:41 AM)Cougar Hippy Wrote:  I honestly thought it was a pretty cool name. Especially when you have the Black Knights (Army) and the Scarlet Knights (Rutgers).


I called UCF the Golden Knights until 2008 or so.


But still, why was the name change?


We have been just the "UCF Knights" (formerly FTU Knights) for most of our history. Our dumb-ass AD in 1993 changed it to "Golden Knights". We were the "Golden Knights" from 1993 through the 2006/2007 athletic year. Starting in 2007 we went back to just being Knights.
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(08-15-2013 11:27 AM)CorporateRobot Wrote:  We were the "Fighting Knights" when I attended. I hated the move to "Golden Knights." However, I now support the abbreviated "Knights." It is just part of the branding plan (similar to wanting to be "UCF" rather than "Central Florida").

UCF was never officially the "Fighting Knights", but the football team was frequently referred to as the Fighting Knights. Similarly, the basketball team was often referred to as the "Running Knights" and the baseball team was the "Diamond Knights". All were just nicknames and not the official names of the teams. The school's official mascot was always the UCF Knights until Steve Sloan changed it to the UCF Golden Knights in 1993.
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RE: Why did UCF change from Golden Knights to Knights?
We changed to Knights to mainstream things. "Golden" seemed like it was a lower class, knock off.

It also coincided with logo changes and On-Campus Stadium opening.

It was kind of a way to symbolize we are serious about this program and this brand. Leadership was really pushing to make this a top program and investing in new facilities and top coaches. The Knights re-branding symbolized the realization of that.

We also had a Student Boom, making us one of the Largest Universities in the nation. Re-branding helped introduce us to this demographic and build a new younger fan base.
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RE: Why did UCF change from Golden Knights to Knights?
Because of this picture:

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