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Josh Heupel will keep UCF on the right path

November 24, 2012; Orlando, FL, USA; A UCF Knights helmet sits on the sidelines during the game between the UCF Knights and the UAB Blazers at Bright House Networks Stadium. The Knights defeated the Blazers 49-24. Mandatory Credit: Rob Foldy-USA TODAY Sports
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Scott Frost came, saw, conquered… and jetted out of town.

The former University of Central Florida head coach couldn’t say no to a seven-year, $35 million deal with the University of Nebraska, a school he once played for and attended. Although his decision to leave was understandable, it was also tough to swallow for a UCF program that was headed in the right direction.

Frost had inherited an 0-12 team and turned it into a 12-0 team in two years’ time. Who else is going to replicate that kind of rapid success?

Josh Heupel.

The former assistant coach at the University of Missouri has a treasure trove of offensive wisdom that should keep the Knights on course. Heupel will especially enjoy working with quarterback McKenzie Milton, who had the sixth-most passing yards in college football this season. The pieces are already on the board for Heupel to play chess the way he sees fit—a spread offense in which the quarterback is the central figure.

During his time at Missouri, he coached quarterback Drew Lock to become the SEC leader in passing yards. Lock also led the nation with 43 touchdown passes and only 12 interceptions. There is no doubt Heupel will try to instill his offensive philosophies in a team that is already ready to digest them. Frost was also a former quarterback with an offense-minded approach.

Heupel, a former All-America quarterback who led the University of Oklahoma to its last national championship, is the right fit to keep the Knights on the upswing.

“I’m thrilled to welcome Josh and his family to UCF,” UCF athletic director Danny White said after the hiring was announced. “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.”

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