UCF Knights

UCF's Decision To Hire Johnny Dawkins Paying Major Dividends

Johnny Dawkins arrived at UCF with a promise to turn around the men's basketball program.

No one expected him to be able to do it in a year. With just seven scholarship players, the realistic outlook was a rebuilding year, with hopes of a glimpse of what might be coming.

But instead of planning for year two under Dawkins, the Knights are headed to Madison Square Garden and the NIT Final Four with a legitimate chance of winning the program's first national championship.

"Our belief has been in these players from day one," said Dawkins, a former national player of the year and All-American at Duke and NBA player. "I think as we started to play and started...

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