The Yankee Conference rivals are in the FCS. Syracuse and Rutgers aren't yearly anymore and Boston College and UConn's football rivalry is actually a mythical unicorn for the boys of Storrs. They've played twice, and don't hold your breath on it happening again after a decade apart.
So, when UConn beat UCF -- the team that won the Fiesta Bowl a year prior -- this season UConn head coach Bob Diaco pitched an idea about a rivalry game to UCF coach George O'Leary, who was receptive to the idea.
Seven months later we have a trophy for the Civil Conflict.
Sounds fun. The only thing missing is a game.
UConn and UCF's athletic departments have had no discussions about making the game a rivalry game. UCF responded to a request for comment on Monday denying being a part of the game. UConn hasn't approached UCF's athletic department about an official rivalry game.
The game also isn't sanctioned by UConn's communications or marketing departments. It was generated by Diaco and the football staff alone.
The thinking for a rivalry game is sound. That's a glaring hole in UConn's move up to the FBS and it's also a carrot for the players.
But, the trophy and name of the game may be premature as it's unclear how willing UCF is as a participant. They had no part in it so far outside of discussions between both head coaches.
Which makes for an interesting game on Oct. 10 in Florida. The trophy will be on its way to the game for the winner to take.
Something tells me, taking it from UConn would be extra special after today.