Former Oklahoma quarterback and offensive coordinator Josh Heupel was named UCF head coach Tuesday. Heupel was the quarterbacks coach at Oklahoma from 2006-2010 before being promoted to co-offensive coordinator in 2014.
Heupel says in a statement that he is excited "to get a staff together and get to work with our wonderful student-athletes". It's unclear how the Missouri players learned of the news, but wide receiver Emmanuel Hall was quick to point out the turnover in the job - a third coach in four years. It's unclear whether Frost or Walters will coach UCF against Auburn in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl. But the decision to hire him, somewhat out of nowhere, looks like a good move by athletic director Danny White and company.
Heupel takes over a UCF program coming off its best regular season in school history. UCF is working on logistics that would allow Frost to coach that game. To that end, former Miami head coach and most recently Florida defensive coordinator/interim head coach Randy Shannon will join Heupel's staff as defensive coordinator. "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". I have competed and coached against Randy. Heupel said. "Me being an offensive guy, getting the right hire on defense was critical".More news: Apple will repay billions in owed taxes to Ireland
"Josh absolutely killed the interview", White said. He plays a 3-4 scheme and believes in multiple coverages. "I'm confident we can continue the momentum". Heupel was the 2000 Heisman-runner up, leading the Sooners to a national championship over Florida State that season. "That's the style that they want". Tigers quarterback Drew Lock set an SEC record with 43 touchdown passes this season, earning first-team all-conference honors. 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.
Frost had inherited an 0-12 team and turned it into a 12-0 team in two years' time.
Heupel has built his career on tutoring Lock and Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford, who won the Heisman Trophy.