Tallahassee public-relations guru Kevin Cate has pushed Florida lawmakers the past couple years to acknowledge the existence of his alma mater, Alabama’s Auburn University, through a specialty license plate.
Now he is trying to round up legislators to proclaim the University of Central Florida as college football national champions after the Knights beat Auburn on Monday to complete an undefeated season.
I think a resolution by the Florida Legislature declaring @UCF_Football national champions is in order this #flsession. What say you, @richardcorcoran @joenegronfl @kionnemcghee @oscarjb2 @FLGovScott?
— Kevin Cate (@KevinCate) January 1, 2018
Rep. Amber Mariano, a Hudson Republican and 2017 UCF grad, replied “Let’s do it!!”
Altamonte Springs Republican Rep. Bob Cortes along with Rep. Kionne McGhee, a Miami Democrat, and Senate Minority Leader Oscar Braynon, a Miami Gardens Democrat, have also offered to back the proposal — although, McGhee added a caveat to his support.
I’m in!!! If Alamaba wins the Championship, we will begin the debate that @UCF_Football is our National Champ!
— Kionne McGhee (@kionnemcghee) January 1, 2018
Undefeated and unacknowledged is apparently something Auburn fans know all too well, having twice finished with perfect records — in 1993 and in 2004 — without landing a No. 1 national ranking.
But this love for the Knights could also be a ploy, as Cate hasn’t given up on the Auburn specialty license-plate dream he shares with Rep. James Grant, a Tampa Republican and fellow Auburn alum.