George O’Leary will remain the coach of the University of Central Florida Knights football team, but will resign as athletic director, according to ESPN’s Jeff Goodman.
Thus continues the roller coaster season for O’Leary, whose Knights are now 0-6 (0-2 AAC) after getting crushed at home by UConn over the weekend 40-13. He entered the 2015 campaign wanting to have the “interim” label removed from his title as AD and leave coaching at age 69, but that dream is dead now.
Moreover, given the team’s terrible struggles this year, it’s looking like O’Leary could also soon be gone as coach of UCF despite leading the Knights to AAC titles each of the past two seasons as well as two Conference USA championships. Since arriving at the university in 2004, O’Leary has gone 81-66 and has a bowl record of 3-4.
But college football programs are very results-based, and O’Leary’s team hasn’t had any good ones even in defeat this year. The fact that the team has performed so poorly is astounding, and school higher-ups will surely want to make a personnel change, especially if O’Leary wants to stop coaching.
UCF will seek its first win of the season when they travel to Philadelphia to play Temple on Saturday. Kickoff is slated for 7:30 p.m. ET.
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