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George O'Leary wants to stop coaching, be permanent AD at UCF

George O'Leary wants to stop coaching, be permanent AD at UCF
Published On: Tue, Sep 01
Nov 22, 2014; Orlando, FL, USA; UCF Knights head coach George O'Leary walks onto the field during a timeout as the UCF Knights beat the Southern Methodist Mustangs 53-7 at Bright House Networks Stadium. Mandatory Credit: David Manning-USA TODAY Sports

George O'Leary has turned around the UCF football program and made the Knights into a perennial contender in the American Athletic Conference. On June 23, O'Leary was named interim athletic director after UCF's previous AD, Todd Stansbury, left for the same job at Oregon State.

Now, O'Leary apparently has his sights set on having that interim title dropped after this season and taking over as the UCF AD in a full-time capacity, according to a report from USA Today's Dan Wolken.

O'Leary is reportedly pushing to take over as the athletic director and step down from his post as head football coach at the end of this year. According to Wolken's report, UCF president John Hitt is "fiercely loyal" to O'Leary and is considering the possibility -- even putting the school's search process on hold to discuss the transition idea.

While Hitt may be behind O'Leary, others at the school have concerns about handing the reigns over to him. O'Leary has no previous administration experience and, with many of UCF's senior staffers leaving recently, there are some concerned it would leave the athletics department in "disarray."

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