Published: Wed, December 06, 2017
Health Care | By Oscar Goodwin

UCF hires Missouri offensive coordinator Josh Heupel as head coach

UCF hires Missouri offensive coordinator Josh Heupel as head coach

The UCF Knights football team has hired Missouri offensive coordinator Josh Heupel as its next head coach, the school announced in a release. His first full-time coaching job was coaching tight ends at Arizona under then-head coach Mike Stoops. Coach Heupel will be formerly introduced by White and President John C. Hitt this afternoon at an introductory press conference at 2 Spectrum Stadium.

"I'm extremely excited about the opportunity to represent UCF", said Heupel, who flew to Orlando on Monday night to meet with athletic director Danny White and Randy Shannon, who will be the Knights' new defensive coordinator. "Their vision for this becoming one of the premier programs in the country makes this an exciting opportunity". That vision, the awesome campus, along with the recruiting base not only allows you to have immediate success but sustained success. Missouri also averaged just over 39 points per game. He led the team to become 13th in the nation in total offense in his first year with the program from 124th the previous year.

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It's not known how this decision would impact quarterback Drew Lock and the rest of the offense, particularly in terms of decisions to leave for the National Football League or return under a new system next year.

Missouri's Drew Lock led the Southeastern Conference in passing this season, throwing for 3,695 yards and 43 touchdowns vs. 12 interceptions.

The Lock family intends to receive a grade from the NFL Draft advisory board before making a decision. Before that, he was assistant head coach and offensive coordinator at Utah State for one season (2015).

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Heupel comes to UCF after serving as the offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach at Missouri for the past two seasons.

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.

UCF is also bringing in former Miami and Florida coach Randy Shannon as the defensive coordinator, according to Bruce Feldman.

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