Two years ago while looking for a head coach, UCF decided to grab an up and coming offensive coordinator named Scott Frost from Oregon. Two years later they did the same thing Tuesday in hiring Josh Heupel from Missouri, as their new head coach.
Heupel, a former national champion QB at Oklahoma, has led the Mizzou Tigers to an SEC offensive resurgence in 2017 and now, will lead the Knights in his first head coaching stop.
Credit UCF and Athletic Director, Danny White, as no one, anywhere had Heupel’s name linked to the opening created, when Frost left Orlando for Nebraska after Saturday’s American Championship Game win.
“I’m thrilled to welcome Josh and his family to UCF. I believe we’ve identified one of the brightest offensive minds in college football,” White said in a release announcing the hire which broke the news. “His offensive system is very similar to what we’ve been running. I know he’s going to utilize all the great talent on our roster and continue to add to it.”
For his part, Heupel, who just guided Missouri to the 10th best statistical offense in the country, is obviously thrilled at the chance to come to UCF. In the same release, “I’m extremely excited about the opportunity to represent UCF. 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. Their vision for this becoming one of the premier programs in the country makes this an exciting opportunity.”
Heupel continued, “that vision, the amazing campus, along with the recruiting base not only allows you to have immediate success but sustained success. I’m very excited to get a staff together and get to work with our wonderful student-athletes.”
In Heupel’s offense, Missouri QB Drew Lock just threw for an SEC record 43 touchdown passes, as the Tigers bounced back this season to a 7-5 record while winning their final six games.
He previously was the QB coach and offensive coordinator at alma mater, working with Sooners Heisman Trophy winners Jason White and Sam Bradford.
Shannon is a long time familiar face as a recruiter especially in South Florida, and will not only bring that but a wealth of defensive knowledge to UCF.
Heupel will be introduced Tuesday afternoon at a news conference on campus.
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