University of Tenn. names Josh Heupel new head football coach

University of Tenn. names Josh Heupel new head football coach
FILE - Central Florida head coach Josh Heupel watches warmups before an NCAA college football game against Tulsa in Orlando, Fla., in this Saturday, Oct. 3, 2020, file photo. Josh Heupel is leaving UCF to become the next Tennessee coach, a person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press on Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack, File) (Source: Phelan M. Ebenhack)

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WMC) - The University of Tennessee has named a new football coach. Josh Heupel will be Tennessee’s 27th head football coach, according to the Vice-Chancellor/Director of Athletics Danny White.

Heupel is the former Oklahoma quarterback who led his team to the national title. He was also an assistant coach and a head coach that captured conference championships at Oklahoma and UCF.

According to, Heupel said, “I am thrilled to be coming to Tennessee.” He added, “I understand that Volunteer fans are hungry for a return to the top that they so richly deserve, and it is my goal and commitment to bring a championship back to Rocky Top.”

Heupel will be formally introduced as the new head football coach for Tennessee Wednesday afternoon on and SEC Network.

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