Missouri OC Heupel named coach at UCF

Missouri OC Heupel named coach at UCF

Ross Houston
December 5, 2017

The elevation to the head-coaching job of an unbeaten team is a rapid transformation for Heupel, 39, whose career not long ago seemed to be going in the wrong direction. "He cares about his student-athletes and that's one of the most important attributes I look for in a coach". "Their vision for this becoming one of the premier programs in the country makes this an exciting opportunity".

Missouri's QB Drew Lock set the SEC record for touchdown passes in a season this year with 43 under Heupel's tutelage. That vision, the unbelievable campus, along with the recruiting base not only allows you to have immediate success but sustained success.

Frost, a former Nebraska quarterback who coached UCF to a 12-0 record and an American Athletic Conference championship, was named the Cornhuskers' coach last weekend. Heupel is an offensive guy and a first-time head coach. 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. Someone who also runs a fast-paced, high-octane system would be ideal, as it would be asking a lot for Lock to completely change his style of play as a senior.

Randy Shannon, the Gators' defensive coordinator under Jim McElwain this season and the interim coach following McElwain's dismissal, has been hired as the Knights' defensive coordinator.

From there he spent one year as the offensive coordinator at Utah State before landing at Missouri. In 2016, upon Heupel's arrival, the team jumped all the way up to No. 13, leading the SEC in total offense with 500.5 yards per game. The team won a national championship with a victory over Florida State in the 2001 Orange Bowl. Shannon, a Florida native and former player and coach at Miami, recently held the same position at Florida from 2015-17.

"Randy is someone who I have always had a great deal of respect for throughout the years", Heupel said.

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