Published: Tue, December 05, 2017
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

UCF names Josh Heupel as new head coach

UCF names Josh Heupel as new head coach

The program formally announced on Tuesday that it has motioned in Missouri offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Josh Heupel.

The Central Florida Knights have found the school's new head football coach, days after Scott Frost accepted the job at Nebraska.

At Central Florida, he inherits a program that posted the only ideal season (12-0) in FBS in 2017. His 2017 Mizzou team is now ranked No. 7 in the nation in total offense, averaging 511.5 yards per game and are now No. 10 in the nation in scoring at 39.3 points per game. The Sooners fired Heupel in 2015 and after a season in Utah State, he's been the offensive coordinator at Missouri for the past two years.

Shannon comes to UCF with a coaching pedigree nearly exclusively tied to the state of Florida. His offensive system is very similar to what we've been running. Under Heupel's tutelage, Tigers quarterback Drew Lock leads the nation with 43 touchdown passes, an SEC record.

Heupel joined Bob Stoops' staff at OU in 2004 as a graduate assistant and worked his way up to offensive coordinator. "What makes this opportunity so unique is the vision of the leadership from President John Hitt, Provost Dale Whitaker and Director of Athletics Danny White", said Heupel in a statement.


Heupel is the ninth coach in UCF football program history.

In 2001, Heupel was an All-American quarterback, helping lead Oklahoma to the 2001 Orange Bowl and national title.

UCF is also bringing in former Miami and Florida coach Randy Shannon as the defensive coordinator, according to Bruce Feldman. Shannon, 51, served as the Florida Gators' interim head coach this season after Jim McElwain was sacked.

The latest step in his career comes after stints as Missouri's offensive coordinator.

"Randy is someone who I have always had a great deal of respect for throughout the years".

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