The extension comes exactly one year and two days after Heupel was officially hired as the Knights’ new head coach.
“I am truly honored to have the opportunity to lead this group of young men and represent this great university,” a statement from Heupel began. “My family and I have found an amazing community to call home. I am looking forward to the future of this program. I can’t thank Danny White and Dale Whittaker enough for their support and belief in what we’re doing.”
This past season, USA Today‘s salary database listed Heupel as the fifth-highest-paid head coach in the AAC at $1.7 million.
“We’re very proud and extremely appreciative of the job Josh and his staff have done since taking over our program just a little over one year ago,” UCF’s athletic director, Danny White, said. “What they have accomplished is nothing short of amazing. Winning one college football game is difficult, winning all 12 so far this season is unbelievable! When you factor in the increased expectations from the previous year and the adversity the team faced, all while taking every opponent’s best shot, the job they did was truly remarkable.