UCF Head Coach George O’Leary Denies Report He’s Considering Stepping Down
The FOX report, posted Saturday night, claims that O’Leary, 67, may hang up his whistle as early as immediately after the Knights’ 2014 regular season opener against Penn State in Ireland on August 30th.
O’Leary told Shannon Owens-Green of the Orlando Sentinel later that same evening that he did not “know anything about that stuff and where that came from.”
A UCF official told SportsTalk Florida late Saturday night that athletic director Todd Stansbury “has said there have been no discussions” regarding O’Leary leaving UCF.
O’Leary had just received an extension to his contract at UCF over this past offseason. The extension would keep the native New Yorker at UCF through the 2017 season.
The FOX report stated that UCF’s Assistant Head Coach of Offense and Offensive Line Coach Brent Key would take over. Key is entering his tenth season at UCF, and is also the program’s recruiting coordinator.
Key has been an Assistant Head Coach at UCF since 2012, and started with the program in 2005, O’Leary’s second season with the Knights, as an offensive graduate assistant.
Key also played for O’Leary at Georgia Tech from 1997-2000, and began his coaching career as a graduate assistant under O’Leary in 2001.
O’Leary is about to enter his eleventh season at UCF after taking over in 2004. His current record at the school is 72-56, with the program’s first three conference titles (two Conference USA and one American) and first three bowl victories. The Knights finished 12-1 last season, winning the inaugural American Athletic Conference football title, and defeating Big XII champion Baylor in the Fiesta Bowl, 52-42, in the Knights’ first-ever BCS bowl appearance.
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