The Central Florida Golden Knights have had a very disappointing 2015 season. They just fell to 0-8 after a 59-10 loss to the Houston Cougars. This is the worst start for the Golden Knights since George O’Leary took over as head coach and it has led to him making a drastic decision.
According to the Orlando Sentinel, O’Leary has resigned from his position as head coach and will retire, effective immediately. Quarterbacks coach Danny Barrett has been named the interim coach for the remainder of the season.
O’Leary leaves Central Florida as the second-winningest coach of all time, just behind Gene McDowell. He has a record of 81-68 at Central Florida, including seven bowl game appearances and an upset over Baylor in the 2013 Fiesta Bowl.
He ends his career with a 133-101 record overall that dates back to his time with the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets in the 1990’s. Earlier this season, he left his role as the athletic director at Central Florida.
“Right now, I want to coach football and, again, I looked at the AD thing and put my time into it, but it’s not something that basically I’m gonna have a real interest in and that’s why I made that decision,” O’Leary said when dropped one of his two job titles earlier this season. “And again, I’ll say it, it was my decision alone in making that, and I’m fulfilling the contract in doing that.”
Another career has come to an end in college football. This proves that the game is certainly headed in a new direction and it could be for the best.
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