Speculation ran rampant all season that the 68-year-old George O’Leary would retire after this season.
O’Leary doesn’t even plan on retiring in the near future.
UCF’s head coach told the Orlando Sentinel‘s Paul Tenorio that he has “every intention of coaching through the end of my contract.”
O’Leary signed a four-year contract extension after the Knights’ 52-42 victory over the Baylor Bears in this year’s Fiesta Bowl. If he were to coach throughout the entirety of his contract, O’Learly will be 71 years old. But he’s earned the right to continue to lead a program after two-straight American Athletic Conference titles.
During his 11 seasons with the program, the Knights own an 81-59 record. The team finished 0-11 in O’Leary’s first season at the helm of the program. A year later, UCF was 8-5 overall and made a bowl game appearance.
However, O’Leary provided a caveat for his decision to keep coaching the Knights.
O’Leary also told Tenorio that “he will go to his lake house in Georgia after UCF’s bowl game to consider his future” but “as of right now, I expect to be coaching next year.”
UCF continues to be one of the top programs from the Group of Five under O’Leary’s supervision. As long as he continues to lead the program, the Knights will be one of the favorites to win the American each and every season.