The Island Packet - - Sports -

UCF: Coach Josh He­u­pel de­fied ex­pec­ta­tions af­ter re­plac­ing Scott Frost this sea­son and was re­warded for help­ing the Knights post a 12-0 record and win an Amer­i­can Ath­letic Con­fer­ence ti­tle dur­ing his first sea­son, ink­ing a con­tract ex­ten­sion. He­u­pel’s new deal with the Knights runs through Jan. 15, 2024. Fi­nan­cial terms of agree­ment were not im­me­di­ately re­leased Fri­day. Ge­or­gia Tech: Ge­or­gia Tech hired Tem­ple coach Ge­off Collins, choos­ing a Ge­or­gia na­tive with a back­ground in de­fense to re­place Paul Johnson as the Yel­low Jack­ets coach. Collins, 47, is a for­mer Florida and Mis­sis­sippi State de­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor and Ge­or­gia Tech as­sis­tant who was 15-10 in two sea­sons at Tem­ple. Lib­erty: Hugh Freeze was in­tro­duced as coach. The job gives Freeze a sec­ond chance af­ter his volatile five-year run at Ole Miss ended in NCAA vi­o­la­tions and scan­dal in 2017.

East Carolina: New coach Mike Hous­ton is bring­ing eight of his coaches from James Madi­son to the Pi­rates’ staff. Among the five of­fen­sive coaches and three de­fen­sive coaches are com­ing from James Madi­son are of­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor Don­nie Kirk­patrick and of­fen­sive line coach Steve Shankweiler, both of whom have pre­vi­ously coached at East Carolina. Hous­ton also will re­tain cor­ner­backs coach Bran­don Lynch from the pre­vi­ous staff. Duke: The NCAA granted an ex­tra year of el­i­gi­bil­ity to in­jured de­fen­sive tackle Edgar Cerenord.

Big 12: Ok­la­homa quar­ter­back Kyler Mur­ray is the unan­i­mous pick for The As­so­ci­ated Press Big 12 of­fen­sive player of the year, the fourth con­sec­u­tive sea­son a player from the con­fer­ence cham­pion Soon­ers has won the honor. Mur­ray, a Heis­man Tro­phy fi­nal­ist who this week was also named the AP’s na­tional player of the year, was one of a league­high six first-team picks from Ok­la­homa on the AP All-Big 12 team an­nounced Fri­day.

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