UCF offensive coordinator Brent Key will not succeed George O’Leary as next UCF head football coach, said UCF’s vice president for communications and marketing Grant Heston in an email Sunday.

Heston confirmed that Key will be paid a sum of $700,000 and added that the “payment will be paid in installments over a 24-month period.”

UCF Athletics is a Direct Support Organization of the university under Florida Statute 1004.28 and is defined as a Florida nonprofit organization. Therefore, per a ruling under the 5th District Court of Appeal, coaches contracts are private and may only be released voluntarily by the coaches themselves.

Heston also confirmed that the university “will conduct a national search for a new head coach.”

Key played on Georgia Tech’s offense line from 1997-00, under the watchful eye of former Yellow Jacket head coach O’Leary, who retired as UCF’s head coach Sunday.

Key spent 2001-02 as a graduate assistant at Georgia Tech. He was the tight ends and running backs coach at Western Carolina in 2004 before reuniting with O’Leary at UCF in 2005 as a graduate assistant.

Prior to the 2015 season, Key was named the offensive coordinator of the Knights. He had spent 2006-10 in various coaching roles with UCF before moving into the assistant head coaching role from 2012-14.


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