UCF to hire Josh Heupel as replacement for Scott Frost

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

The Tigers went from 124th in the nation in total offense the year before he was hired to seventh this past season.

The 39-year-old Heupel is practically the same age Frost was (40, nearly 41) when he was hired at UCF, along with the obvious parallel of both being successful, national title-winning collegiate quarterbacks. He was announced Tuesday as the next coach at UCF.

Before joining Missouri, Heupel was with Utah State in 2015 after spending nine seasons as an assistant at Oklahoma, including the final four as co-offensive coordinator.

This past season, under Heupel's tutelage, Missouri quarterback Drew Lock led the Southeastern Conference in passing, throwing for 3, 695 yards and 43 touchdowns.

Heupel becomes the 11th head coach in the history of Central Florida football. MU is No. 10 in the country in scoring, putting up 39.3 points per game.

Heupel spent the end of his college playing career at Oklahoma, and he was the Heisman Trophy runner-up in 2000 as he quarterbacked the Sooners to a national title.

Josh Heupel as offensive coordinator of the Oklahoma Sooners on January 1, 2011, after the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl.

The Tigers' offensive coordinator, according to a tweet from center Trystan Castillo, did not communicate the move with his players.

"I'm thrilled to welcome Josh and his family to UCF", Danny White, UCF vice president and Athletic Director, said.

"I believe we've identified one of the brightest offensive minds in college football", White said in a statement. "He cares about his student-athletes and that's one of the most important attributes I look for in a coach".

The hiring of Heupel comes on the heels of former head coach Scott Frost's decision on Saturday to resign as head coach to coach his alma mater, Nebraska.

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