UCF hires Josh Heupel to replace Scott Frost

UCF hires Josh Heupel as head football coach

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.

He served as quarterbacks coach and co-offensive coordinator at Oklahoma from 2006 to 2014 before being let go at his alma mater, where he played quarterback on the Sooners' national championship team in 2000 and was the Heisman Trophy runner-up.

Heupel says in a statement that he is excited "to get a staff together and get to work with our wonderful student-athletes". There's a chance that he tries to make tight ends coach Joe Jon Finley or offensive line coach Glen Elarbee his new offensive coordinator, but Heupel might also try and bring either coach with him to Orlando.

Frist departed UCF after leading the Knights to a victory in the AAC Championship and a berth in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl where they will face off against Auburn on January 1.

Heupel isn't the only name at UCF who will be familiar to SEC fans.

UCF hired a head coach with a similar background as Frost's. UCF also announced today that Florida's current interim head coach Randy Shannon will join the squad as defensive coordinator. I have competed and coached against Randy.

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Heupel's hire comes as somewhat of a surprise.

"When I was first contacted I poured over some guys who I wanted".

"Josh absolutely killed the interview", White said. He's going to run a 3-4 scheme that has the ability to move in a four-man front. It puts us in a great position moving ahead.

Heupel, indeed, arrives with an impressive resume, having helped Sam Bradford win a Heisman Trophy victor as offensive coordinator at Oklahoma and getting Missouri's offense on track over the past two seasons. "That's why I want an aggressive style on defense as well". This season, Lock threw for 43 touchdowns to just 12 interceptions as the Tigers went from 4-8 past year to 7-5 this season.

Frost led a stunning turnaround at UCF, which finished 0-12 just two years ago.

In 2001, Heupel was an All-American quarterback, helping lead Oklahoma to the 2001 Orange Bowl and national title.

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