UPDATE: KnightNews.com has obtained this CBS College Sports video where the commentators claim UCF head coach George O’Leary gave permission for fans to storm the field if the Knights pulled off an historic victory against the ranked Houston Cougars.
KnightNews.com is investigating this claim right now, and we’re trying to find out why there was such a strong police response against storming the field, if it’s true that O’Leary actually gave permission and encouraged it. We asked UCF Athletics for clarification on this, and we’re waiting to hear back. Once we do, we will update this story with the information.
We tried getting the take of UCF police on this, but Cpl. James Roop has not responded to our request for comment on this, which was sent by e-mail Monday.
Check back to KnightNews.com for updates on this developing story.
ORIGINAL STORY FROM 11/16
Thanks to help from our visitors, KnightNews.com tracked down the UCF fan who was tackled by police after trying to storm the field to celebrate UCF’s historic homecoming victory over No. 13 Houston.
Here is our exclusive phone interview with UCF alumnus Mario Paez from the class of 2006:
(UCF police Cpl. James Roop did not respond to our request for comment)
Here’s a slideshow from Paez showing his day from before he tried storming the field until after UCF police released him:
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