- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 23, 2015

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - University of Central Florida football coach George O’Leary has been named the school’s interim athletic director.

School officials said Tuesday that O’Leary will serve as interim athletic director through the end of the year. The position became open after UCF athletic director Todd Stansbury took a job with Oregon State.

O’Leary will remain the football coach, a job he has had for almost a dozen years. Under O’Leary’s leadership, the team became nationally ranked, and he led the Knights to their biggest victory with a win in the 2014 Fiesta Bowl.

His tenure hasn’t been without controversy. A football player died after a conditioning drill in 2008, and the athletic program was hit with recruiting sanctions by the NCAA. UCF appealed the sanctions and later won.

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