UCF signs Josh Heupel to contract extension through 2023 season

first_img“We’re very proud and extremely appreciative of the job Josh and his staff have done since taking over our program just a little over one year ago,” White said in a release. “What they have accomplished is nothing short of amazing. Winning one college football game is difficult; winning all 12 so far this season is unbelievable! When you factor in the increased expectations from the previous year and the adversity the team faced, all while taking every opponent’s best shot, the job they did was truly remarkable. UCF must ‘look inward’ to improve CFP rankings, says SEC commissioner “I am truly honored to have the opportunity to lead this group of young men and represent this great university,” Heupel said in a media release . “My family and I have found an amazing community to call home. I am looking forward to the future of this program. I can’t thank [UCF athletics director] Danny White and [UCF president] Dale Whittaker enough for their support and belief in what we’re doing.”Heupel, who starred at quarterback for Oklahoma in 1999-2000, took over the Knights this year after Scott Frost’s departure for the head coaching spot at Nebraska. Coming off a 13-0 mark in 2017, expectations were sky high, but Heupel guided the Knights to a perfect 12-0 regular season in his first year. This came despite the loss of star quarterback McKenzie Milton to a season-ending injury in a game Nov. 23. A week later, the Knights rallied from 17 down to beat Memphis in the AAC championship game. Related News “We are building a perennial Top 25 program and the future largest fan base in college football. There is no better coach, and no better person, for me to partner with in that effort than Josh Heupel. Knight Nation is so very fortunate to have the Heupel family in black and gold!”Central Florida puts its 25-game winning streak on the line against LSU in the Fiesta Bowl Jan. 1. Central Florida head coach Josh Heupel has been rewarded for the Knights’ perfect 12-0 regular season with a contract extension, the university announced Friday.Heupel’s new deal goes through the 2023 season. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.last_img