January 27, 2021
BY Lance Cartelli

Tennessee Hires UCF's Josh Heupel as Volunteers Head Coach

The Tennessee Volunteers didn't have to look too hard to find their new head football coach. 

The Vols on Tuesday hired former UCF head coach Josh Heupel as Tennessee's newest coach.

The hiring comes after Tennessee landed former UCF Athletic Director Danny White, so it made too much sense for him and Heupel to join forces in Knoxville. 

"We looked at a number of potential candidates," White said. "Josh Heupel, who I had the privilege of working with for three years, is everything we were looking for: winning with integrity, a history of championships and the architect of explosive offenses. He is a players' coach and the kind of person the student-athletes go the extra mile for. I saw that first-hand, and you can see it in his coaching record."

The Volunteers also interviewed several high-profile candidates including Penn State's James Franklin, Cincinnati's Luke Fickell, SMU's Sonny Dykes, Minnesota's P.J. Fleck and Clemson offensive coordinator Tony Elliott. 

The 42-year-old head coach joins Tennessee after going 28-8 with UCF. The Knights finished the 2020 campaign with a 6-4 record.