It didn’t take UCF athletic director Danny White long to tab the Knights next head coach, after Scott Frost accepted an offer to become the lead man at Nebraska. The Knights announced the hiring of Missouri offensive coordinator Josh Heupel as the program’s next head coach.

Before serving as Missouri’s offensive coordinator, Heupel served under former Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops from 2006-10 as quarterbacks coach and then from 2011-14 as co-offensive coordinator. Heupel, who has experience in four national championships, lead the Sooners to the BCS National Championship in 2000 and earn consensus All-American honors as a quarterback.

“I’m thrilled to welcome Josh and his family to UCF. I believe we’ve identified one of the brightest offensive minds in college football,” White said in a release. “His offensive system is very similar to what we’ve been running. I know he’s going to utilize all the great talent on our roster and continue to add to it.“

The No. 12 ranked Knights are currently 12-0 and coming off a 62-55 double overtime victory in the American Athletic Conference championship against Memphis, which shortly after the game Nebraska announced that Frost was the school’s new head coach. Most of Frost’s staff will be coaching the Knights during their Peach Bowl preparation heading into the New Year’s Day game versus No. 7 Auburn. UCF faces Auburn at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Jan. 1 and kickoff is scheduled for 12:30 p.m.

Heupel will inherit loads of talent on the offensive side of the ball, as quarterback McKenzie Milton is slated to be back, along with a slew of other skill positions players. Milton so far has thrown for 30 touchdowns against just eight interceptions on the season.

About The Author

Andy Villamarzo has covered high school and youth sports for the Tampa Bay Times and The Tampa Tribune as a correspondent since 2008. He is a native of Holiday, FL, who graduated from Gulf High School and studied at St. Petersburg College. He has covered various prep, collegiate and professional athletes throughout his writing career, including Josh Johnson (Jacksonville Jaguars), Patrick Schuster (Arizona Diamondbacks) and currently writes for other publications like The Suncoast News, Friday Night Football Magazine and TopDrawerSoccer.com.

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