Josh Heupel is the 11th head coach in the history of UCF Football. Coach Heupel will be introduced at a press conference at 2 p.m. ET at Spectrum Stadium.
“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,” said Heupel in a statement released by UCF. “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.”
Under the direction of Heupel’s offense, quarterback Drew Lock reset the SEC’s single season passing touchdown record with 43 this season, also passing Daniel’s previous school record of 39 in 2008. Lock leads the nation in passing touchdowns heading into bowl season.
Missouri head coach Barry Odom will have a decision to make in terms of who calls the offensive plays for the Tigers bowl game against Texas if Heupel does not stick around. First guess is that longtime assistant Andy Hill will take over those responsibilities.
An ever bigger decision now looms for Lock and his potential NFL future. I was told by a source a few weeks ago that if Lock had his way, he would enter the NFL Draft and leave Missouri early. Without his offensive coordinator, who Lock has worked with for a couple of seasons, does this help solidify that decision? Of course, much of Lock’s decision will be determined by feedback that he receives from the NFL.
His value for the NFL may be at its highest right now. To learn another offensive system in his senior could hurt his development. There is certainly more downside to staying at Missouri now. Heupel may have been the one trump card that could have kept Drew in Columbia.