Central Florida hires Josh Heupel as new football head coach


In addition to naming Heupel, the offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach at Missouri for the two years, Athletic Director Danny White announced the hiring of former Miami head coach Randy Shannon as the new defensive coordinator.

Central Florida wasted little time in replacing Scott Frost, announcing on Tuesday the hire of Josh Heupel as the Knights' 11th head coach in program history. It's a nice fit for both sides.

UCF hires Josh Heupel as head football coach

After building the SEC's top-scoring offense at Missouri, Josh Heupel is leaving the Tigers for his first head-coaching job. Shannon has coached defense since the early 1990s, and has plenty of experience as defensive coordinator. Shannon took over as the Gators' interim coach right before Florida played Missouri this year after Jim McElwain was sacked.

The 39-year-old spent the 2015 season at Utah State before joining Missouri's staff. "I believe we've identified one of the brightest offensive minds in college football". UCF athletics director Daniel White and President John Hitt will also attend. 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. The Tigers went from 124th in the nation in total offense the year before he was hired to seventh this past season. I know he's going to utilize all the great talent on our roster and continue to add to it. Coach Heupel is in coaching for the right reasons.

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Heupel was a national-championship winning quarterback at Oklahoma and was runner-up for the Heisman Trophy in 2000 while leading the Sooners to a victory over Florida State in the 2001 Orange Bowl.

After four seasons, he was relieved of duties alongside co-offensive coordinator Jay Norvell by then-head coach Bob Stoops.

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The Knights won the American Athletic Conference Championship Game on Saturday en route to a ideal 12-0 record. Shannon served as the Gators' interim head coach after Jim McElwain was sacked.

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