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USF keeps pressure on Temple as UCF joins infamous club

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UCF became the 17th team in college football history to go a full season without celebrating one victory. That adds up to a lot of free bar for patrons at one local establishment this season. UCF’s 0-12 disaster of a season was dealt a final blow by rival South Florida, who tuned up the Knights by a score of 44-3 Thursday night in Orlando. While UCF joined a list no school ever wants to be a part of, USF made sure the pressure will be on Temple to get by Connecticut Saturday afternoon. A loss by Tempel against the Huskies, who just toppled Houston last week, and it will be the Bulls who play for the American Athletic Conference championship next week at either Navy or Houston. The winner of the Navy-Houston game Friday will host the conference championship game.

USF ends its regular season having won four straight games, the last three coming in blowout fashion. After losing at Navy 29-17, USF rallied with a 22-17 victory at East Carolina and followed that up with a decisive 44-23 victory against Temple, a 65-27 thrashing of Cincinnati and last night’s 44-3 demolishing of UCF. Bulls quarterback Quinton Flowers pass for three touchdowns and rushed for two more. USF outgained UCF 455-203 and the defense forced two turnovers in the win. Because USF defeated Temple, the Bulls own a head-to-head tiebreaker that comes into play in the AAC East if Temple loses one more game for an identical conference record. A Temple win against UConn clinches the division for the Owls, who would also play on the road against either Navy or Houston.

UCF is the first winless team in the FBS since Miami Ohio and Georgia State in 2013. It is also the second time since 2000 UCF has gone through a full season without a win. The Knights also had losses pile up against them in 2004, when the Knights were part fo the MAC. UCF’s season saw head coach George O’Leary step down earlier in the season, so the program is now turning a page to find a new head coach. There is still some potential to build something at UCF. After all, this program was in and won the Fiesta Bowl just two seasons ago against Big 12 champion Baylor. The job should be an attractive one for a number of candidates as well.

One more year for Bill Snyder at Kansas State?

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It might be hard to imagine a college football world without Bill Snyder on the sidelines at Kansas State. In fact, Snyder made his return to the Wildcats in some of the earliest days of College Football Talk (we’ve grown up so much over that time). With the coaching carousel in full operation, including a retirement of Virginia Tech’s Frank Beamer, UCF’s George O’Leary and South Carolina’s Steve Spurrier, it does not appear Kansas State’s head coach will join the list of retired coaches just yet.

According to a report from Football Scoop on Tuesday afternoon, Snyder intends on returning to coach in 2016. The 76-year old head coach is not naive to not know his time in charge of the program will come to an end soon, but you have to admire his devotion to the program even in his older years. And you know what, he still can get the job done as a head coach even though Kansas State is not exactly a national championship contender or even a Big 12 contender this season.

Or is this a part of plan to keep the Snyder family in charge of the Wildcats football program? Dan Wolken of USA Today shared a thought about this news which noted one of the rumors regarding the future of the program that has been discussed before.

So we shall see what unfolds at Kansas State. The Wildcats have struggled a bit this season, and there may be a benefit to finding a successor to Snyder now if you are Kansas State. But every time Kansas State has been knocked down, Snyder seems to find a way to bounce back.

Report: George O’Leary resigns as UCF’s head coach

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First UCF head coach George O’Leary removed himself from the interim athletics director position. Now O’Leary is reportedly stepping down as head coach of the Knights.

According to Brett McMurphy of ESPN.com, via Twitter, O’Leary has resigned as UCF’s head football coach. O’Leary resigns with a record of 81-68 at UCF, but the struggles on the field this season have taken a toll. At 0-8 after being blown out at home by Houston, O’Leary leaves the program with just four games to go in the regular season.

Just last week O’Leary was disputing rumors regarding a coach-in-waiting situation and refusing to share details of his contract. Offensive coordinator Brent Key had been suspected of being the possible successor for O’Leary when the time comes.

O’Leary was hired by UCF in 2004 after three years away from the college coaching game. Following a stint as Georgia Tech’s head coach from 1995 through 2001, O’Leary left the Yellow Jackets to take on the job at Notre Dame. Just days after being hired by the Irish, O’Leary offered his immediate resignation after it was learned he had fabricated some information on his biography. O’Leary stayed involved with coaching by joining the Minnesota Vikings for two seasons as a defensive assistant and defensive coordinator before the opportunity to take over the UCF program came along in 2004.

UCF went 0-11 in O’Leary’s first season in Orlando, but the Knights would go on to end four seasons with double-digit wins, including a Fiesta Bowl victory against Baylor at the end of the 2013 season.

No coach-in-waiting at UCF, says George O’Leary

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Say what you wish, but George O’Leary wants you to know there is no coach-in-waiting on the staff ready to step in upon O’Leary’s eventual departure from the head coaching role in Orlando.

According to The Orlando Sentinel, O’Leary said Monday there are no clauses in his contract designed to address the future of the position of head coach and turned aside rumors that offensive coordinator Brent Key has the coach-in-waiting tag.

O’Leary was pressed about details in his coaching contract by a reporter Monday. UCF has declined to release O’Leary’s contract to the public despite multiple requests for it from various media outlets. Asked if he has anything in his contract he would prefer not be made public, O’Leary laughed it off.

“No there isn’t,” O’Leary replied when asked about clauses in his contract regarding the coaching staff. “That’s why it’s my contract. I worry about me. But no, there’s nothing in there . ..what are you talking about a coach in-house or something like that?”

O’Leary recently stepped down as UCF’s interim athletics director. He did so confirming he will continue to serve as head coach. Over the past year and a half O’Leary has had to counter various rumors regarding his coaching future as well. With UCF struggling this season, changes should be expected to be made within the program soon.

Report: George O’Leary to step down as UCF interim AD but will continue coaching

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With a few coaching changes and tidbits in recent days, it may not have been too much of a shock to see UCF head coach George O’Leary‘s name enter the conversation. It has, sort of. It just has not entered into the conversation as you might have suspected.

O’Leary will step down as UCF’s interim athletics director, according to a report from The Orlando Sentinel. With UCF off to a woeful 0-6 start on the football field, O’Leary will continue on as the head coach of the Knights. It was previously reported O’Leary would retain the interim AD tag through December, at which time the university would evaluate his performance and make a decision on his future as AD. O’Leary took on the interim tag last year following the departure of Todd Stansbury. It was also reported O’Leary had a preference to step down as head coach so he could take on the AD job on a full-time basis. It would appear being the AD is just not in the cards at this point for O’Leary.

O’Leary’s hopes of staying on as AD led to various rumors regarding his coaching future since last season. One report suggesting O’Leary would step down as head coach early last fall turned out to be off the mark, and with UCF scuffling this season it would not have been a shock to anyone to see O’Leary resign as head coach.

UCF visits undefeated Temple this weekend in Philadelphia.