Former Sooner star, coordinator named as head coach for University of Central Florida

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ORLANDO, Fla. – A former Sooner star and OU coach has been named as the new head coach for the University of Central Florida.

Josh Heupel is a name that is well-known to Sooner fans across the state. He spent two years as a quarterback at OU, leading the team to a perfect 13-0 season in 2000.

The undefeated season ended with a national title against Florida State in the Orange Bowl, and Heupel finished as the runner-up for the Heisman trophy.

In 2003, OU coach Bob Stoops hired the former Sooner star as a graduate assistant. Eventually, he became the team’s offensive coordinator in 2011.

OU’s offense ranked in the top 20 in scoring for three of Heupel’s four seasons as the play caller. He also was praised for developing Heisman trophy winner Sam Bradford, as well as Landry Jones.

However, Heupel was fired from the university after OU’s dismal performance in the Russell Athletic Bowl.

Now, it seems that he has a new head coaching job.

On Tuesday, the University of Central Florida announced that Heupel had been named as the new head football coach.

“I believe we’ve identified one of the brightest offensive minds in college football. 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. He’s no stranger to success, winning a national championship as a quarterback and leading a number of extremely high-powered offensive teams,” said UCF Athletic Director Danny White.

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