Here at the USA TODAY Florida Sports Network, we’re constantly trying to get better.
While we have 17 news sites around the state, there are still some coverage areas where we don’t have newspapers.
One such area is Orlando.
We have several sites within an hour of Orlando — Lakeland, Leesburg, Daytona Beach and Brevard — but none with dedicated reporters to the Orlando area.
With UCF about to make the leap from the AAC to the Big 12, we will be putting more resources into covering the Knights this upcoming season.
Chris Boyle, the longtime high school sports reporter for the Daytona Beach News-Journal, will be writing more stories about UCF and giving us more game coverage throughout the 2022 season.
Chris is the latest guest on “The *State* of Florida Sports Podcast,” powered by the USA TODAY Network.
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Chris will fill us in on some of the big news out of UCF right now, including the recent announcement the Knights would join the Big 12 a year early — in 2023 instead of 2024.
He’ll tell us what that means for the conference, which may have 14 teams in 2023 unless Texas and Oklahoma make their move to the SEC a year earlier than expected.
We’ll find out why that might not be financially a good move for the Aggies and Sooners.
We’ll also get an outlook for what is expected from UCF this upcoming season, its last in the AAC. And we’ll learn why this will be the last “War on I-4” between UCF and USF for the foreseeable future because of how schedules work out once UCF heads to the Big 12.
And Chris gives his thoughts on whether or not UCF now belongs in the exclusive club of state legacy football programs, such as Florida, Florida State and Miami.
In addition, Chris will break down some of the big high school football stories in the state. Along with covering UCF, he’s a high school sports reporter and co-host for the State of Florida Recruiting H.Q. podcast.
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We can be downloaded wherever you listen to podcasts, or simply type in “The *State* of Florida Sports Podcast” into your favorite search engine. We also can be found on any of the 17 USA TODAY-Network Florida websites.
If you like it, you can check out previous shows, which feature current and former professional athletes and coaches, as well as our stable of journalists who cover beats and write columns, all of whom have a tie to the Sunshine State.
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This article originally appeared on The Daytona Beach News-Journal: UCF, high school football subjects of latest State of Florida Sports Podcast