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George O’Leary to Step Down and Retire as UCF Coach

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According to a report from The Orlando Sentinel’s Shannon Green and Mike Bianchi, UCF head coach George O’Leary has announced that he will step down from coaching and retire, effectively immediately.

Despite a porous 0-8 (0-4 AAC) start to the 2015 season — including Saturday’s 59-10 defeat to Houston, which was the worst home loss in school history — O’Leary gets full credit for leaving a program that, overall, is in much better shape than it was when he first took over in 2004.

UCF has been to seven bowl games over the last 11 seasons, which includes a 2013 Fiesta Bowl victory over No. 5 Baylor that helped put the Knights on the map as one of the premier non-Power Five programs and a strong candidate for pending conference realignment in the future. The Knights finished with a school record 12 wins that season.

O’Leary, who has been the Knights’ coach since 2004, will finish with an 81-68 record during his 11-plus-year tenure — six games behind Gene McDowell for the most wins in program history.

Quarterbacks coach Danny Barrett will be named the interim coach.

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