UCF lost Scott Frost to Nebraska, but it moved quickly to get Missouri offensive coordinator Josh Heupel. This is how it’s supposed to work.
Wait, where’s the drama?
UCF isn’t Tennessee or Texas A&M when it comes to big head coaching jobs, but it’s growing into a great gig after what Scott Frost was able to crank up over the last few years.
There was some talk about hiring from within, and there were some rumblings about a few different big name options taking over, but the program seems to have the right formula.
Take the young hot offensive coordinator mind, bring him in to crank up the fun the attack and put up massive numbers and – if it works – lost of wins, and then if you need to, repeat.
The former Oklahoma star who led the way to the 2000 national championship and was the Heisman runner-up to Chris Weinke helped take the Missouri offense to a whole other level.
There might have been a whole slew of problems with the Tigers at times, but they led the SEC and finished seven in the nation in total offense, averaged 312 yards per game and exploded over the second half of the season to finish averaging 39 points per game.
It’s not a huge risk for UCF, but Heupel had one tough year as the Utah State offensive coordinator in 2015, and the offense worked at Mizzou against a slew of bad teams over the second half of this year, but he runs a fast, up-tempo O that likes to keep defenses on their heels.
Only 39 – turning 40 in March – he’s yet another young coach who can grow into the role. He’s walking into a great situation, and he can take what Frost built back up and run with it.
Does that mean he’ll be off to a bigger job in two years if this all works? Maybe – and that’s not a bad thing.
Lather, rinse, repeat.
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