UCF Finds New Way To Spice Up Conference Calls

George O’Leary had finally regained most of the self-respect he’d lost in 2001 after it was discovered that the newly hired Notre Dame football coach had not, in fact, earned a master’s degree from New York University, despite what was printed on his resume. O’Leary hadn’t won three letters while at University of New Hampshire, either, but the damage had already been done. Five days after accepting the Fighting Irish gig, he resigned.

Wrong number

O’Leary would later resurface in Minnesota, serving as the Vikings defensive coordinator for two years, before returning to the college ranks in 2004, this time at the University of Central Florida. The team was 0-11 in its first season, but followed that up with an 8-3 effort the next year. And since 2005, the Knights have been to two bowl games.

Given UCF’s recent success & the high hopes for ‘08, the Golden Knights got the season off to a good start with a 17-0 shutout win over South Carolina State. And it was with great interest that the ORLANDO SENTINEL’s Iliana Limón attempted to join O’Leary’s teleconference yesterday afternoon.

Cue the clowns:

UCF’s teleconference with Coach George O’Leary was canceled today … because school officials accidentally gave the number for a phone sex line instead of the teleconference number.

When I dialed in, the voice on the other line said, “Hi sexy, you’ve reached the one-on-one fantasy line.” I gasped, hung up and figured I must have dialed the wrong number. So, I checked the UCF news release and dialed again, but I got the same phone sex hotline complete with offers I can’t really post on this blog.

It turns out Leigh Torbin, UCF’s new director of athletic communications, accidentally listed one digit incorrectly when he released the teleconference information and sent the media on an amusing detour. Torbin said he feels terrible about the error and set up another teleconference with O’Leary at noon Wednesday. “Today’s scheduled call was not able to occur due to my own technical mistakes for which I deeply apologize,” Torbin wrote at the end of the latest news release announcing the Wednesday teleconference.

So we’re sure that wasn’t O’Leary on the other end of the line just being breathlessly polite?