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UCF hires Missouri's Josh Heupel as head football coach

Former Florida coach Randy Shannon joins as defensive coordinator

December 05, 2017 - 11:44 am

ORLANDO -- Former Missouri offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Josh Heupel has been named head coach of the University of Central Florida football team.

UCF Vice President and Director of Athletics Dr. Danny White announced the hire Tuesday morning.

Heupel will replace Scott Frost, who left for his alma mater Nebraska after leading UCF to an undefeated regular season and AAC championship. 

Former University of Florida interim head coach and defensive coordinator Randy Shannon was announced as new UCF defensive coordinator.

Heupel spent the past two seasons at Missouri, and led a rejuvenated offense that became one of the nation's leaders this year. Before that, he served as assistant head coach/offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach at Utah State in 2015.

Heupel was a national-championship winning quarterback at Oklahoma. He was runner-up for the Heisman Trophy in 2000 while leading the Sooners to a victory over Florida State in the 2001 Orange Bowl.


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