UCF calls audible, names Josh Heupel head coach


The UCF football program has officially hired its new head coach.

"I'm extremely excited about the opportunity to represent UCF", Heupel said in a release.

UCF Vice President and Director of Athletics Dr. Danny White announced the hire Tuesday morning. "Their vision for this becoming one of the premier programs in the country makes this an exciting opportunity". That vision, the wonderful campus, along with the recruiting base not only allows you to have immediate success but sustained success. "He cares about his student-athletes and that's one of the most important attributes I look for in a coach".

In addition to the hire of Heupel, UCF also announced that Randy Shannon will be its defensive coordinator.

The Knights won the American Athletic Conference Championship Game on Saturday en route to a ideal 12-0 record.

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UCF will face off against SEC runner-up Auburn (10-3).

McAdoo hasn't coached in college since 2003, when he was a graduate assistant at Pitt, but he has plenty of experience working with quarterbacks. Heupel is a former quarterback - he played two seasons at Oklahoma, leading the Sooners to the 2000 national championship and finishing second in the Heisman race - and is a young, rising star in the profession with a resume filled with prolific offenses. Someone who also runs a fast-paced, high-octane system would be ideal, as it would be asking a lot for Lock to completely change his style of play as a senior. I know he's going to utilize all the great talent on our roster and continue to add to it. In his most recent role as the offensive coordinator at Missouri, he helped Drew Lock become the nation's leader in passing touchdowns this season.

The Missouri football team is now in the market for a new offensive coordinator.

After building the SEC's top-scoring offense at Missouri, Josh Heupel is leaving the Tigers for his first head-coaching job.

Under Heupel's watch, Missouri improved from 124th nationally in offense to 13th in 2016.