• Travis Tyler

UCF names new head coach

The UCF Knights are turning to a veteran head coach to lead their football program. Former Auburn and Arkansas State head coach Gus Malzahn has been named as the replacement for Josh Heupel, who left for Tennessee.


Malzahn rose to fame as the offensive coordinator at Auburn. He has been a head coach since 2012 and has not had a losing season, however the Auburn program has regressed in recent years, leading to his departure.


UCF has had a successful run since 2016 with both Scott Frost and Heupel leaving for programs with higher profiles. In that time span, the Knights have won double-digit games three times and have had one of the nation's most electrifying offenses.


Malzahn should be able to continue that trend of high-powered offenses. Although his system is different, he still knows how to get players in positions to succeed. His experience in the SEC should help him in a Group of Five conference like the American, which is possibly the deepest of the bunch.

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