New Tennessee Sports Director Danny White (Danny White) doesn’t have to go far to find his head coach.
Sources told ESPN that White is hiring UCF’s Josh Heupel as the next head coach of the Walls team. When White served as UCF Sports Director, White also hired Heupel. Tennessee holds a team meeting at 8:30 am on Wednesday morning.
White announced last Thursday as a new advertisement for Tennessee, and has been working hard to find a replacement for Jeremy Pruitt. Jerome Pruitt was fired on January 18 because the investigation found that the president of the university, Donald Plowman, called him a “serious violation of NCAA rules.” White conducted extensive searches through Parker Search Firm and contacted and/or interviewed several candidates, including James Franklin of Penn State University, Luke Fickel of Cincinnati, and San of SMU. Ni Dykes, PJ Fleck of Minnesota and Clemson̵
The source told ESPN that Elliott had seriously discussed this work in recent days, but rejected the proposal of Tennessee and chose to stay in Clemson.
The 42-year-old Heupel has been the head coach of UCF for the past three seasons after succeeding Scott Frost. The latter led UCF to maintain a 13-0 unbeaten record in 2017. Heupel and the Cavaliers have a record of 28 wins and 8 losses, of which 12 wins and 1 loss in the first season of 2018. They ended the game 6-4 last season. According to the terms of the contract, Heupel will owe UCF $3.4 million for the acquisition.
UCF ranked among the top eight in the nation in offensive points in all three seasons in Orlando, and averaged 42.2 points per game in all three seasons.
Heupel became the quarterback of the Oklahoma State National Championship team in 2000 and was the runner-up of the Heisman Trophy. He has SEC coaching experience. Before getting the UCF head coach position, he served as Missouri’s offensive coordinator/quarterback coach in 2016-17. Heupel was also the co-offensive coordinator/quarterback coach of Bob Stoops, Oklahoma for four seasons, but was fired when the Sooners record was 8-5 in the 2014 season.
Heupel will be Walls’ sixth different head coach, dating back to Phillip Fulmer, who was fired at the end of the 2008 season.