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UCF current and former coaches in unique situation

Olivia Stacey



Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports

New UCF football coach Josh Heupel and former head coach Scott Frost have been sharing office space in preparation of two major events for the UCF program: the Peach Bowl and football recruiting’s first-ever Early Signing Period.

The two coaches have shared the same building and amenities since Heupel was introduced as the school’s 10th head coach on Dec. 5th, a few days after Frost resigned to become Nebraska’s next head coach.

With less than two weeks to prepare for the Early Signing Period, Heupel had to work swiftly and efficiently with a short-handed staff. Heupel is expected to announce the remainder of his coaching staff following the New Year’s bowl games.

At the same time, the entire outgoing UCF staff has been juggling responsibilities between bowl preparation and recruitment duties for Nebraska, which has drawn some criticism.

Frost, who is taking his entire staff to Lincoln after the Jan. 1 bowl game, addressed those who believe the outgoing staff isn’t fully committed to UCF’s preparation.

“I know the meaning of the word ‘wearing two hats’ now,” Frost said. “They’re both full-time jobs. We’re doing absolutely everything we can to give these guys the best chance that they have. It’s not easy, but I appreciate people on both sides allowing us to do this. … It has been difficult, getting on a plane and flying somewhere and getting back here. It’s not ideal for me, to be honest with you, but it’s the right thing to do and it’s the best thing to do for these young men that have played for us.”

Frost told reporters on Tuesday that he believes his team is ahead of Auburn in terms of preparation and defended his coaching staff’s dedication to the program.

Auburn didn’t even practice for this game until Saturday,” Frost said. ”We practiced (last) Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday with almost an entire staff. … We’re doing everything and more, that we’ve done at Oregon in the time I was there and we were at six of these bowl games. We have more coaches at practice, we’re practicing on the exact same schedule that we did trying to get ready for these games.

“We’re game-planning at the same time and like I said, we’re ahead of our opponent because they started practicing on Saturday.”

Olivia is a multi-faceted sports reporter based in Tampa Bay where she has covered events from the College Football National Championship to the Stanley Cup Final. A native Floridian, she grew up rooting for Tampa’s sports teams, and graduated from East Lake High in Tarpon Springs. Olivia continued her education at the University of Florida where she received her broadcast journalism degree.

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