Published: Wed, December 06, 2017
Health Care | By Alberto Manning

UCF Hires Josh Heupel as Next Head Coach

UCF Hires Josh Heupel as Next Head Coach

Shannon should also help Heupel acclimate to head-coaching duties after previously serving as Miami's HC between 2007-2010 and Florida's interim HC after Jim McElwain was sacked this fall.

Heupel isn't the only name at UCF who will be familiar to SEC fans.

This will be his first head coaching job. "My job to continue to develop those relationships and continuity". Foster recently listed the Tigers in his top five on Twitter, but after Heupel's departure it's tough to see him giving Missouri a second look. "We need to play smart football but we also have to be physical". The Knights will play Auburn in the Peach Bowl in Atlanta on January 1.

He will not coach the Knights in the bowl game, but will watch in from a booth at Mercedes-Benz stadium. If Odom hires someone from outside the program to be his next offensive coordinator, that coach could bring along a player he was recruiting at his previous program.

Heupel said he was able to catch "bits and pieces" of UCF's play this season. It's a nice fit for both sides.

Heupel says in a statement that he is excited "to get a staff together and get to work with our wonderful student-athletes". He didn't take long to start assembling his assistants. Heupel quickly announced that Randy Shannon will serve as the team's defensive coordinator. The former Miami coach finished the season as Florida's interim coach.

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"I think we got a victor, someone that will lead our group as the rest of our head coaches do", White said. He's going to run a 3-4 scheme that has the ability to move in a four-man front.

"Josh absolutely killed the interview", White said. It puts us in a great position moving ahead. A month later, he led the Sooners to a 13-2 win in the BCS National Championship against Weinke and Florida State. "That's the style that they want". "That's why I want an aggressive style on defense as well".

Missouri's QB Drew Lock set the SEC record for touchdown passes in a season this year with 43 under Heupel's tutelage. A decision wasn't expected from Lock, the Tigers' junior quarterback from Lee's Summit, until after Mizzou's bowl game against Texas on December 27.

Frost led a stunning turnaround at UCF, which finished 0-12 just two years ago.

Heupel is a former Oklahoma quarterback who was the runner-up for the Heisman Trophy in 2000.

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