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Mike Miller wants White House invite for undefeated UCF Knights

State Rep. Mike Miller is on board for the UCF Knights getting a share of the college football national title, or at least some of the perks.

In a letter to the White House the Orlando Republican and congressional candidate suggested President Donald Trump invite the Knights to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue “for the traditional White House ceremony.”

Miller tweeted out his letter Friday earning plenty of likes and retweets, as well as some vocal support from the UCF faithful.

“The University of Central Florida Knights are the only undefeated team in college football’s Division I Football Bowl Subdivision. The odds that the Knights overcame to reach college football perfection are unprecedented,” he wrote.

Miller went on to recap team’s season, including the adversity they faced when Hurricane Irma tore through the Sunshine State at the start of the football season, causing the Knights to cancel a pair of games and play 11 straight weeks with no bye.

“This did not stop the Knights from winning every game this season, including winning the American Athletic Conference (AAC) title game,” he wrote.

Miller also said the Knights “shocked the college football world” when they defeated the Auburn Tigers 34-27 in the Peach Bowl on New Year’s Day. The SEC West champions handed the two teams in the facing off in the Monday national title game – the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Georgia Bulldogs – their only losses of the season.

“UCF is the only undefeated champion in college football, and deserve recognition befitting of champions. On behalf of the people of Central Florida, I appreciate your consideration of this request,” he concluded.

Miller is the first to put pen to paper asking for the Knights to get a trip to the White House, but Florida public relations guru Kevin Cate has suggested the Florida Legislature pass a resolution marking the historic season by proclaiming UCF national champions, and a few lawmakers have said they’re on board with the plan.

“I’m normally an apologist for the #SEC, but my last football season at @AuburnU, we were undefeated and denied a shot at the national title,” Cate tweeted. “Not fun.”


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Drew Wilson covers legislative campaigns and fundraising for Florida Politics. He is a former editor at The Independent Florida Alligator and business correspondent at The Hollywood Reporter. Wilson, a University of Florida alumnus, covered the state economy and Legislature for LobbyTools and The Florida Current prior to joining Florida Politics.

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