Former OU quarterback, coordinator Josh Heupel named head coach at UCF

Josh Heupel will leave Mizzou to become head coach at Central Florida

The UCF Knights football team has hired Missouri offensive coordinator Josh Heupel as its next head coach, the school announced in a release.

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

Qualifications for being UCF's head coach: Must have quarterbacked a Big 12 team to an undefeated record during Bill Clinton's second term.

"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". With Heupel now in charge, the offense figures to pick up where it left off given his ability to lead Missouri on the offensive end.

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

While the coaching staff is in a state of flux, the Knights are expected to have Frost and his staff on the sideline for the team's game in the Peach Bowl against Auburn on January 1.

Heupel becomes the 11th head coach in the history of Central Florida football.

In 2015, prior to Heupel's arrival, Missouri ranked 124th in the nation in total offense.

Heupel was always be remembered as the starting quarterback for Oklahoma's 2000 national championship season. "I know he's going to utilize all the great talent on our roster and continue to add to it. Coach Heupel is in coaching for the right reasons". Jason White also won the Heisman under Heupel's coaching.

Frost will coach UCF in its bowl appearance against Auburn.

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.

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