Missouri OC Heupel named head coach at UCF

Missouri offensive coordinator Josh Heupel accepted the head coaching job at UCF. (AP Photo/L.G. Patterson)

The University of Central Florida went three days to determine its next head coach.

The Knights announced Tuesday morning Missouri offensive coordinator Josh Heupel would be their next head coach.

"I'm extremely excited about the opportunity to represent UCF. What makes this opportunity so unique is the vision of the leadership from President John Hitt, Provost Dale Whitaker and Director of Athletics Danny White," Heupel said in a release. "Their vision for this becoming one of the premier programs in the country makes this an exciting opportunity. That vision, the amazing campus, along with the recruiting base not only allows you to have immediate success but sustained success. I'm very excited to get a staff together and get to work with our wonderful student-athletes."

Heupel was in his second year as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Missouri under head coach Barry Odom. Heupel, the Heisman Trophy runner-up, led Oklahoma to a BCS title over Florida State in 2000.

Under Heupel's watch in 2016, the Missouri offense led the Southeastern Conference and were ranked No. 13 in the nation, averaging 500.5 yards per game. In 2017, Mizzou is currently ranked No. 7 in the nation in total offense, averaging 511.5 yards per game. The Tigers are currently No. 10 in the nation in scoring at 39.3 points per game, according to a release.

Heupel previously worked as assistant head coach/offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach at Utah State in 2015.

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