• Heupel joins UCF as head coach

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    Josh Heupel became 11th head coach at University of Central Florida

    Heupel previously served as Missouri' offensive coordinator 

    The University of Oklahoma alum also coached the Sooners as an assistant and offensive coordinator 

    ORLANDO - Oklahoma's national championship-winning quarterback made big moves in his coaching career. 

    Tuesday, the University of Central Florida announced Josh Heupel joined the Knights as head coach.

    The latest step in his career comes after stints as Missouri's offensive coordinator. He previously helped coach the Sooners as an assistant coach and offensive coordinator. 

    UCF planned a press conference to introduce their new head coach at 1 p.m. Tuesday. FOX23 plans to stream the conference. 

    UCF Head Coach Josh Heupel: "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. 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."

     

    UCF VP/AD Danny White: "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. 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. He's no stranger to success, winning a national championship as a quarterback and leading a number of extremely high-powered offensive teams. Coach Heupel is in coaching for the right reasons. He cares about his student-athletes and that's one of the most important attributes I look for in a coach."

     

    President John C. Hitt: "Josh believes in recruiting and developing well-rounded student-athletes. That's a perfect fit with UCF, the No. 1 public university in the nation for student-athlete academic success. Josh is an outstanding leader, competitor and winner. Looking at what his Missouri offense did this season, I can't wait to see the scoreboard light up at Spectrum Stadium."

     

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