Josh Heupel named head coach at University of Central Florida

Former Oklahoma offensive coordinator and player Josh Heupel has been named the new head coach at the University of Central Florida.

Heupel, who came to Oklahoma as a junior college transfer in 1999, Bob Stoops first season as head coach, and quarterbacked the Sooners in their 2000 national championship season, replaces Scott Frost, who is leaving his head-coaching position at UCF to become the new head coach at his alma mater, Nebraska.

For the past two seasons, Heupel has been the offensive coordinator at Missouri. Before that, he was assistant head coach and offensive coordinator at Utah State for one season (2015).

Heupel was the offensive coordinator at Oklahoma for four seasons, from 2011 to 2014 and coached the OU quarters from 2006-2010, including Heisman Trophy winner Sam Bradford (2008).

As a player at Oklahoma, Heupel was a consensus All-American in 2000 and was the first Sooner quarterback to earn All-America honors. He was the Associated Press Player of the Year in 2000 and won the Walter Camp Award (as player of the year in college football) that same season.

Heupel was runner-up to Chris Weinke of Florida State in the 2000 Heisman Trophy voting. A month later, he led the Sooners to a 13-2 win in the BCS National Championship against Weinke and Florida State.

Heupel and his predecessor at UCF have something in common: They were both quarterbacks of national championship teams. Frost was the quarterback on the 1997 Nebraska national championship team.

This past season, under Heupel’s tutelage, Missouri quarterback Drew Lock led the Southeastern Conference in passing, throwing for 3, 695 yards and 43 touchdowns.

Heupel inherits a team that is 12-0 this season and won the American Athletic Conference championship last Saturday with a 62-55 win over Memphis. UCF is the only undefeated team in the Football Bowl Subdivision this season.

Both UCF and Missouri are involved in postseason bowls. UCF will play Auburn in the Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl on Jan. 1, and Missouri will face former Big 12 foe Texas in the Texas Bowl on Dec. 27.

Frost will coach UCF in its bowl appearance against Auburn.