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Offensive guru Heupel is named UCF coach

By Times staff, wires
Josh Heupel, right, is introduced as the new Central Florida head football coach by Danny White, UCF Athletic director in Orlando, Fla., Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017. Heupel has been the offensive coordinator at Missouri the past two seasons. He replaces Scott Frost, who accepted the Nebraska coaching job after leading UCF to a 12-0 record and the American Athletic Conference title. (Red Huber/Orlando Sentinel via AP) FLORL202

UCF hired Missouri offensive coordinator Josh Heupel as football coach.

Heupel quickly hired former UF interim coach Randy Shannon as defensive coordinator.

Heupel, 39, was a consensus All-American quarterback who led Oklahoma to the 2000 national title. He went on to become an innovative offensive coordinator.

Heupel is known for no-huddle, fast-paced offenses.

After brief stints with the NFLís Dolphins and Packers, he was a graduate assistant at Oklahoma in 2004, tight ends coach at Arizona in 2005 and quarterbacks coach and later offensive coordinator at Oklahoma from 2006-14. He helped Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford win the Heisman Trophy.

Heupel was assistant head coach and offensive coordinator at Utah State in 2015 before taking over as Missouriís offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach in 2016. The Tigers put 45 points on the Gators this year.

Heupel felt drawn to a UCF program that is growing up fast: "I didnít want to just be a head coach anywhere."

JAMES LEAVING FSU: Florida State safety Derwin James announced that he is leaving school early to declare for the NFL draft. The redshirt sophomore from Haines City will not participate in the Independence Bowl. The 6-foot-3, 211-pound James is a projected first-round pick. A five-star recruit, he finishes his FSU career with 180 tackles (12 for a loss), three interceptions, two fumbles forced and recovered, 6Ĺ sacks and a blocked kick. He lined up all over the field, from safety to slot cornerback to linebacker and edge rusher.

HONORS: In ACC awards, Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson was the unanimous pick as offensive player of the year, North Carolina State defensive end Bradley Chubb was defensive player of the year and Miamiís Mark Richt was coach of the year. For FSU, James made the first team. Ö Clemson co-offensive coordinator Tony Elliott won the Broyles Award as the top assistant coach. Other finalists were Oklahoma offensive coordinator Bill Bedenbaugh, Wisconsin defensive coordinator Jim Leonhard, Auburn defensive coordinator Kevin Steele and UCF offensive coordinator Troy Walters.

Menís basketball

NO. 3 MICH. ST. 62, RUTGERS 52: Miles Bridges scored 21 and the visiting Spartans (8-1, 2-0 Big Ten) had 13 blocks, eight by Jaren Jackson.

NO. 4 nOVA 88, NO. 12 GONZAGA 72: Mikal Bridges scored a career-high 28 to lead the Wildcats (9-0) past the Zags (7-2) in the Jimmy V Classic at Madison Square Garden.

No. 6 Wich. St. 95, S. Dakota St. 85: Landry Shamet had 21 points and eight assists as the host Shockers (7-1) rallied from 13 down in the second half.

BALL STATE 80, NO. 9 ND 77: Tayler Persons hit a 3-pointer with 1.7 seconds left and the Cardinals beat a nationally ranked opponent for the first time since downing No. 4 UCLA 91-73 more than 16 years ago. The Irish (7-2) lost a nonconference home game for the first time since falling to North Dakota State four years ago.

NO. 10 MIAMI 69, BU 54: Freshman Lonnie Walker scored a season-high 26 for the host Hurricanes (8-0).

FAU 92, FlA. Gulf Coast 88: Justin Massey scored eight of his 21 in the final 4:08 for the visiting Owls (5-3), who trailed at halftime 45-34. Brandon Goodwin paced the Eagles (6-4) with 23 points and 11 rebounds.

LIANGELO BALL UPDATE: The father of UCLA freshman guard LiAngelo Ball says heís withdrawing his son from school to prepare to play in the NBA. LaVar Ball says his "grand plan" is for all three sons to play for the Lakers. Coach Steve Alford said neither of them spoke to him about the decision.

Womenís basketball

No. 4 Líville 91, UT Martin 56: Myisha Hines-Allen scored 16 for the host Cardinals (9-0).

No. 5 S. Carolina 69, College of Charleston 43: Aíja Wilson had her eighth double double with 26 points and 15 rebounds, and the host Gamecocks (9-1) won their third straight.


"The epitome of soft."

UF coach Mike White on Mondayís 83-66 home loss to FSU, the fourth straight time the Seminoles have beaten the Gators

Times staff writer Matt Baker contributed to this report.