A Tuscaloosa man and lifelong Alabama fan is raising money to fire back a good-natured response to at University of Central Florida fans that placed a billboard in Tuscaloosa this week.
After Alabama won the College Football Playoff on Monday, 37 UCF fans collected money online to pay for a digital billboard on McFarland Boulevard, reading “Congratulations Alabama! How about a home & home series with UCF?”
Robert Moore was joking when he dashed off a Facebook post, saying he'd like to collect money to place a response billboard in Orlando. But he decided to follow through the more he thought about it and realized he'd have support.
"I've had a few people say they'd chip in," he said.
Moore has spoken to a company in Orlando and has set up a GoFundMe page where people can contribute toward the $2,400 price of two billboards on a main drag between the UCF campus and downtown Orlando for four weeks. He said the billboards will include a photo of coach Nick Saban and the team on stage holding the trophy after the game, with a message congratulating UCF on their undefeated season, but warning them to be careful what they wish for.
The final AP poll had Alabama ranked No. 1 and Central Florida ranked sixth. UA earned the College Football Playoff trophy with its win over Georgia at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta Monday night.
Alabama running back Bo Scarbrough, who announced his intentions to go pro Thursday, told reporters he wouldn't miss a match-up between Alabama and UCF.
"I've made my decision already, so it would be a good game to see," he said.
UA defensive back Ronnie Harrison, also leaving for the NFL Draft, said "I'd definitely, have to come back and participate, I'd have to for that one."