UCF wasted no time hiring Josh Heupel as new head football coach

UCF wasted no time hiring Josh Heupel as new head football coach

Offensive coordinator Josh Heupel's departure from Missouri to Central Florida, where he will become the Knights' new coach, has presented the Tigers with a new set of questions.

Heupel, a Heisman trophy runner-up in 2000, began his coaching career in 2004 as a graduate assistant at Oklahoma and most recently had been the Offensive Coordinator at Missouri.

"Excited about having him [Shannon] as part of our staff", Heupel said.

This kind of came out of nowhere as the rumors were circulating about the possibility of former Texas A&M head coach Kevin Sumlin was the leading candidate to take the job. UCF is 12-0 and headed to the Peach Bowl. "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.

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Heupel takes over a UCF program coming off its best regular season in school history. He was the man under center who brought the team back from the brink, alongside then-new head coach Bob Stoops. Heupel quickly announced that Randy Shannon will serve as the team's defensive coordinator. The former linebacker at Miami has won three national championships as a coach and a player.

Heupel's hire comes as somewhat of a surprise. I have competed and coached against Randy. "When I was first contacted about this opportunity, interviewing for the job here, you immediately start to go through and pull some guys that you want to have on staff". He plays a 3-4 scheme and believes in multiple coverages. "He is one of brightest offensive minds in the game. He's no stranger to success, winning a national championship as a quarterback and leading a number of extremely high-powered offensive teams".

"That's the style they want and that's what's important to me", he said.

With Drew Lock at quarterback, Mizzou ranked second in the nation this season with 43 passing touchdowns, a total exceeded only by Oklahoma. A decision wasn't expected from Lock, the Tigers' junior quarterback from Lee's Summit, until after Mizzou's bowl game against Texas on December 27.

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