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UCF Names Starting Quarterback, O'Leary Future In Spotlight

by on August 11, 2014 1:00 PM

University of Central Florida head coach George O'Leary could step down following the Croke Park Classic according to reports although O'Leary has downplayed the claims already.

According to a Fox Sports report, O'Leary is strongly considering retiring as soon as directly after the Croke Park Classic. O'Learly will turn 68 on August 17, and the retirement plan would reportedly leave assistant coach Brent Key at the helm following O'Leary's departure.

O'Leary has been downplaying any possible change, telling CBS Sports over the weekend that he isn't quitting on his team.

"I'm not going to be 72 coaching, but I'm not going to start a season and not finish what I do," said O'Leary "I preach to the kids I don't quit."

"Whenever I do go, I'd like to see (Key) being shown consideration," O'Leary said. "But we haven't done anything that way. I haven't spoken to the AD on that stuff. My recommendation would be to not fix what's not broken. If it's broken, that's different. So you've got to win. It's not my decision. It's the AD's decision."

While it's entirely possible that O'Leary will see the season through, his admission that he would like to see Key take over in a post-O'Leary era at least indicates that the wheels are turning for an eventual O'Leary departure.

Whether O'Leary's departure happens following the Croke Park Classic remains to be seen but it has certainly added another storyline to an already intriguing contest.

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With quarterback Blake Bortles in the NFL, UCF named Peter DiNovo its starting quarterback according to the Orlando Sentinel

 "He had sideline to huddle management the best of the four as far as I was concerned," O'Leary said. "And that was really the deciding factor. I think all four of them can play, I think right now we're in a good situation. But we need to move on and he's 1."

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