News broke Sunday that Bowling Green's Dino Babers would be named UCF's next head football coach, but the Falcons coach says these reports are untrue.
"The rumors about me accepting a job at UCF are not true. I am focused on @BG_Football and winning a MAC Championship Friday night," Babers tweeted Sunday night. UCF Athletics was not able to confirm or deny these rumors.
Thomas Schmeltz of the Sentinel-Tribune reported Monday that Barber said in a press conference, “I have not signed anything. I am not going anywhere, OK. I have no secret deals, no above deals, no verbal deals. ... I've turned down jobs because I want to play in the MAC championship game. I've lost jobs because I want to play in the MAC championship.”
247sports.com first reported the choice, citing multiple unnamed sources. Adam Shadoff of FOX35 reported he was told the deal is done, but Babers didn't want the news getting out before his team plays in the MAC Championship on Friday.
However, John Wagner, who covers Bowling Green Athletics for the Toledo Blade tweeted that the 54-year-old coach called these rumors "inaccurate" via text.
With this upcoming matchup against Northern Illinois, Brandon Helwig of rivals.com claimed Babers isn't in the position to accept a head coaching position, at UCF or anywhere for that matter.
The Falcons boast a 9-3 record this season, and have played under Babers since 2013.
Babers is just one of the four candidates who were believed to be in the running for UCF's head coaching job, according to rivals.com.
The nationwide search came after former head coach George O'Leary retired midseason following 12 years leading the Knights. Quarterbacks coach Danny Barrett has served as the interim coach since UCF's 59-10 loss to then No. 21 Houston on Homecoming night. The Knights went 0-12 this season.
UCF also had an athletics director vacancy for most of its season, which it filled last week with University at Buffalo's Danny White. Alongside university President John C. Hitt, White said he hoped to name a new head coach before Jan. 1.
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