After UCF announced it will ask coaches to voluntarily release their contracts, football head coach George O'Leary said on the Open Mike with Mike Bianchi radio show Thursday that he will not be making his contract public.
"My contract is my contract, Mike. ... I said no there's nothing in my contract regarding another coach or anything else," O'Leary said. "I don't know what's going on with the release that the school made, but my contract is my contract and if asked I won't release my contract. That's why it's my contract."
O'Leary's answer comes after a press conference Monday when he told WKMG Channel 6 reporter Mike Holfeld he did not know of anything in the contract that he wouldn't want the public to see.
"It's not my responsibility for the contracts. I sign one," O'Leary told Holfeld.
UCF spokesman Chad Binette previously told the Central Florida Future that after the Homecoming game against Houston on Saturday, the coaches will be asked to voluntarily agree to release their contracts.
A voluntary release must first be met because UCF Athletics is a private, Direct Support Organization of the university, and Florida Statutes state DSO records are confidential and exempt. UCF is the only public university in Florida to keep its coaches' contracts private.
"We are committed to transparency and to following the law, and this approach allows us to fulfill both of those important responsibilities," Binette said.
During the radio appearance, O'Leary said his focus is on the football season, in which the Knights are currently 0-7.
"I'm worried about our football season and that's what I'm concerned about. That contract stuff, I haven't given much thought to it at all," he said.
O'Leary additionally declined to comment on the radio show about speculations that his contract included information suggesting offensive coordinator Brent Key would be the next head coach.
"That's Brent Key's contract and I don't comment on contracts," O'Leary told Bianchi. "I don't comment on my contract so I'm not going to comment on anyone else's contract."
Marina Guerges is the Editor-in-Chief at the Central Florida Future. Follow her on Twitter at @marinaguerges or email her at MarinaG@CentralFloridaFuture.com.