Even then, UCF was named Florida Technical University. I walk by the emblem three times a week.USF established 1956. UCF established 1963. Back in '56, there wasn't much south of Tampa but Miami and Key West.
USF's naming convention is a wonderful florida joke. University of Miami was founded in 1925 - USF was pretty pessimistic to think that Florida wouldn't ever go much more south than Tampa for education