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SS7 Week 8: UCF and Miami Looking for New Coaches

Each week State of the U looks back at what happened the previous week around the Sunshine State when it comes to football.

UCF Head Coach George O'Leary is wondering what happened to the 2015 season.
UCF Head Coach George O'Leary is wondering what happened to the 2015 season.
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Breakdown Of What Happened Last Week

Miami and Central Florida Both Have Coaching Vacancies After Latest Setbacks

Per the title above, both teams lost last weekend and afterwards both teams are looking for a new man to lead the respective programs. Miami got blown out at home by Clemson and even though AD Blake James didn’t want to fire Coach Golden before the end of the season was over the blow back from the fans, alumni and former players was too much. On Sunday evening the reports leaked out and eventually the word broke out to the mainstream media that Golden was done at Miami.

For UCF, the year simply has been a disaster the entire ride. After the latest setback, a loss to an undefeated Houston team 59-10, Coach George O’Leary hung resigned. He spoke openly after the loss and said it was time for him to step down and he actually wanted to do it several seasons ago (after the BCS Bowl win over Baylor) but the administration asked him to stay on. After wearing the interim Athletic Director hat this season to begin the season as well as the Head Coach responsibilities seemed to tire him even greater. By the time his team reached 0-8, he was done.

Both teams now look to their interim coaches for leadership and start their national coaching search in earnest.

Florida State Loses First On The Season On Field Goal Blocked and Returned for Touchdown

There were six seconds left in the contest and Roberto Aguayo was trotting onto the field to kick the go ahead field goal. His attempt was to be from 57 yards so it wasn’t a gimmie. Each team was prepping for overtime as the game was tied, 16-16. The kick went up, got blocked and sophomore Lance Austin returned it for a touchdown. Call it the “Kick Six Part 2” or “The Miracle on Techwood Drive.” Whatever it was, it sent the Noles to their first ACC loss.

Southern Florida Wins Third In A Row, Stays In Offensive Grove Against SMU

The offense is pretty simple right now for USF: let Quinton “Wanky” Flowers create in both the passing and the running game for the Bulls and see where it goes. Right now, it has been enough to pull out victories. In this latest installment, Flowers threw for just 98 yards but ran for 201 as well as three touchdowns on the ground. The Mustangs didn’t find any rhythm through the air which is a staple of their Chad Morris-led offense and fell in Tampa. The Bulls are now 4-3 and looking to make a mid-season push for a bowl game in the suddenly formidable AAC.

Florida International Beats a Team They were Supposed to: Old Dominion

Slowly and steadily Coach Ron Turner and his Golden Panthers are turning the program around. They’re doing it the right way too by beating the teams they’re supposed to in their conference. The latest victory was over the Old Dominion Monarchs who are still getting acclimated to Division 1A competition after their move up from the lower level. With their next opponent being the lowly FAU Owls the Golden Panthers could get a much needed fifth victory which would almost make them bowl eligible. “Almost” being the key word.

Florida Atlantic Loses Third In a Row, Now 1-6 on the Season

In the latest installment of “How Did FAU Lose This Week?” we introduce to you: the big play. FAU stayed with UTEP throughout the game but gave up three touchdown passes of 76, 17 and 38 yards. If you’re trying to win a conference game or any game for that matter, you simply can’t do that and expect to win. The only positive to come out of the game was that Jaquez Johnson made his return for the Owls and played relatively well for being out of action for almost all the season.

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