UCF hires Josh Heupel to replace Scott Frost

Josh Heupel is the new head coach at UCF

Josh Heupel is the new head coach at UCF

Former Miami coach and Florida defensive coordinator Randy Shannon was named the UCF defensive coordinator shortly after Heupel's announcement surfaced.

The former Oklahoma All-American quarterback Josh Heupel will take over the reigns of the Knight football team. Drew Lock flourished under Heupel the past two years, as the junior quarterback leads the nation in passing touchdowns and broke both the Missouri and SEC single-season touchdown record.

The University of Central Florida did not wait long to name a replacement for their head coach replacement. He was the offensive coordinator at Oklahoma for four seasons.

"I believe we've identified one of the brightest offensive minds in college football", White said in a prepared statement. 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. UCF athletics director Daniel White and President John Hitt will also attend. That paved the way for Lincoln Riley to become offensive coordinator, and later coach, in Norman. I know he's going to utilize all the great talent on our roster and continue to add to it.

Oklahoma's history of having offensive coordinators become future head coaches returned to a flawless record on Tuesday. He's no stranger to success, winning a national championship as a quarterback and leading a number of extremely high-powered offensive teams. He guided the Tigers to one of the best offenses in the country after ranking 11th in points scored, 10th in total yards and seventh in yards per game.

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

The Miami Dolphins drafted Heupel in the sixth round of the 2001 draft. "Seeing what he's been able to do with defenses, in addition to his ability to recruit this state, it's extremely special and will be invaluable to our staff".

It remains to be seen if Heupel will coach the Tigers through the Texas Bowl, but with Scott Frost's staff staying on at UCF through the Peach Bowl, Heupel has the freedom to choose to coach in one last game as a Mizzou assistant.

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