Heupel is a former Oklahoma Sooners quarterback who was recognized as a consensus All-American in his playing days, won numerous awards and led Oklahoma to the 2000 BCS National Championship. Heupel will especially enjoy working with quarterback McKenzie Milton, who had the sixth-most passing yards in college football this season. That vision, the fantastic campus, along with the recruiting base not only allows you to have immediate success but sustained success.
Oklahoma's history of having offensive coordinators become future head coaches returned to a ideal record on Tuesday. Shannon should also help Heupel acclimate to head-coaching duties after previously serving as Miami's HC between 2007-2010 and Florida's interim HC after Jim McElwain was sacked this fall.
Dr. Daniel J. White, the UCF Vice President and Director of Athletics, confirmed the announcement, with a press conference scheduled for later in the day on Tuesday. The Tigers moved from No. 124 in total offense to No. 7 during his stay in Columbia. Heupel was not previously reported to be among those considered for the position, but has built an impressive resume during his two seasons at Missouri. MU is No. 10 in the country in scoring, putting up 39.3 points per game.
"I'm thrilled to welcome Josh and his family to UCF", Danny White, UCF vice president and Athletic Director, said. His offensive system is very similar to what we've been running. "Looking at what his Missouri offense did this season, I can't wait to see the scoreboard light up at Spectrum Stadium", Hitt said in a news release. I know he's going to utilize all the great talent on our roster and continue to add to it. In 2016, the Tigers led the Southeastern Conference and were ranked No. 13 in the nation, averaging 500.5 yards per game. Heupel also coached at Oklahoma from 2006-2014 and coached at Arizona in 2005. "He cares about his student-athletes and that's one of the most important attributes I look for in a coach".
UCF announced Tuesday it has hired Heupel to replace Scott Frost, who left to take over at his alma mater, Nebraska, after leading the Knights to a 12-0 record this year. Finding the right coordinator will likely play a huge factor in whether star QB Drew Lock declares for the 2018 NFL Draft or returns to Columbia for his senior season.