Central Florida coach Josh Huppel has finalized a deal to become the next coach in Tennessee, sources told Yahoo Sports. The deal is expected to be announced on Wednesday.
Tennessee’s move to hire Huppel will bring him together with his old athletic director, Danny White, who became an AD in Knoxville less than a week ago.
The decision culminated in a frantic week for White, who came from UCF last week and eventually decided to bring his old coach with him after a thorough search. Other names related to the Tennessee search include James Franklin of Penn State, Clemson’s offensive coordinator Tony Elliott, and Lance Laipold of Buffalo.
Hüpel is expected to earn close to $ 4 million a year, which will leave him with a sufficient salary fund for a well-known security coordinator and staff who can take the SEC̵
Huppel holds 28-8 records for three seasons as head coach, SEC experience from his time in Missouri and a decade as a coach in Oklahoma, which included four seasons as a joint offensive coordinator. Along the way, he has built a reputation for high-performance fouling and quarterback development, two things that have been largely missing in Tennessee over the past two decades.
Hüpel recruited the future Jordan Love first round pick in Utah, which was Love’s only scholarship offer. He also played a key role in the development of Drew Locke of Missouri, Mackenzie Milton and Dylan Gabriel of UCF and coach Sam Bradford of Oklahoma during his season at the Heisman Trophy.
Huppel’s identity at UCF is a crime of proliferation based on pace, which yields results in piles. UCF finished in the top six national scoring points in its first two seasons at UCF, averaging 43.2 points per game in the 2018 season, which is remembered for an unbeaten regular season and bidding at the Fiesta Bowl. UCF finished No. 5 in scoring a foul in 2019, averaging 43.4 points per game on the way to a 10-3 season.
Heupel’s purchase is close to $ 3.45 million, which is 50% of its remaining guaranteed contract. Given that Tennessee paid about $ 2.5 million to buy White, that means UCF will have nearly $ 6 million through these transactions to help find AD and coaches.
Josh Huppel was an all-American quarterback in Oklahoma who led the Swansea to a national title and finished No. 2 in the Heisman Trophy. He finished behind current Tennessee quarterback coach Chris Weinke and former Purdue quarterback Drew Breeze.
Huppel is the son of a high school coach in South Dakota and began his career at Weber State College before touring junior college and then Oklahoma, where he played for head coach Bob Stops.
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