Sources: UCF's O'Leary strongly considering stepping down in 2014

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    http://www.foxsports.com/college-fo...y-sources-considering-stepping-down-2014.html

    George O'Leary is giving strong consideration to stepping down this season, multiple sources close to the program have told FOX Sports.

    That move could happen as early as after the Knights' opening game against Penn State on Aug. 30 in Ireland, with his protege Brent Key getting to take over the program.

    Asked for comment, UCF AD Todd Stansbury said through a spokesman that there have been no discussions of that nature at this point.

    O'Leary, who turns 68 later this month, has been the head coach at UCF since being hired in 2004. The team went 0-11 in his debut season but responded by going 8-3 the following season. O'Leary has won Coach of the Year honors in three leagues -- the ACC (twice), Conference USA (three times) and the AAC (once). In 2013, O'Leary led the Knights to a 12-1 season and a BCS Bowl win in the Fiesta Bowl en route to a No. 10 ranking in the Coaches Poll.

    The 36-year-old Key, who was promoted to assistant head coach of offense earlier this year in addition to his roles as offensive line coach and recruiting coordinator, is in his 10th season at UCF. He was a former All-ACC offensive lineman for O'Leary at Georgia Tech. The Alabama native was a team captain and started four seasons for the Yellow Jackets.
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    Why would he step down after Game 1?

    He's done a great job there. What career comeback after the Notre Dame resume fiasco. I'd like to have seen what he could have done at ND.
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    Was this rumor printed on resume paper?
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    Already Denials from O'Leary and UCF ! Saying the report was bogus...
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    he has done a credible job at UCF-they just need to be in the Big 12
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    http://www.orlandosentinel.com/spor...-brent-key-fox-sports-20140809,0,5175833.post

    It's no secret that George O'Leary is going to retire someday in the not-too-distant future.
    It's also no secret that O'Leary desperately wants his protege -- offensive line coach Brent Key --to become his successor at UCF..

    Which is why the Fox Sports report that O'Leary may step down after UCF's season-opening game against Penn State is not so far-fetched. The Fox story was written by respected journalist Bruce Feldman, which makes it even more believable in my book.

    "I don’t know anything about that stuff and where that came from," O'Leary told the Orlando Sentinel late Saturday. "I never spoke to anybody from Fox or anybody. I don’t have any idea what that’s about.”

    Here's what it's about: O'Leary has been positioning Key to become his successor for quite some time. Key was recently named assistant head coach to go along with his other duties as offensive line coach and recruiting coordinator. You wonder why UCF doesn't go ahead and add another title to Key's name:

    Coach-in-waiting.

    And, really, isn't that what we're talking about here?

    I believe what we are seeing is O'Leary's carefully crafted strategy to name his successor.

    Think about it: There are now national headlines out there saying O'Leary is going to soon step down. These headlines will no doubt have a negative impact on recruiting -- the life blood of any college football program.

    What better way to counteract these headlines than to name Key as the "coach-in-waiting" although the designation does come with some NCAA regulations that would limit Key's ability to have direct contact with recruits.

    At any rate, don't kid yourself: This is all part of George O'Leary's master plan for the program that he built. And he will never, ever have more clout to implement that plan than right now with the Knights still basking in the afterglow of the greatest season in school history.

    But there is one major question that remains:

    Is UCF's administration -- president John Hitt and athletic director Todd Stansbury -- on board with the coach's plan?

    We will see soon enough.
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    I think they should go after a bigger named and experienced head coach !
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    Zook!!
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    Never trust O' liar :D
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    Prior to last season's success, I thought there would be an outside shot that Kerwin could get the UCF job when O'Leary retired. With the BCS appearance, not sure he would be strongly considered, as you would have to belive the job is much more of a draw now. Although, last year may prove to be an aberation.

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