University of Central Florida President Dale Whittaker accepted a friendly challenge from Athletics Director Danny White this week to jump into the Reflecting Pond during Spirit Splash.

If 50,000 students attend the first five home games, Whittaker will make the plunge and join thousands of students in what they consider to be one of the greatest traditions throughout the college landscape. White and Whittaker made the challenge on social media.

Whittaker might want to pack his swimming trunks: the Knights student section topped out at 13,000 for the home opener against South Carolina State, who got the receiving end of a 38-0 score Saturday night.


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