O'Leary will not travel to Madison

New Central Florida coach will miss Saturday's season opener to attend mother's funeral

UCF coach George O'Leary will miss Saturday's season-opening game at Wisconsin to attend the funeral of his mother, Margaret, 83, who passed away Wednesday in New York after a brief illness.

"I've always preached family, religion, and football," O'Leary added. "Not going to my mother's funeral would be hypocritical."

Dave Huxtable, the Golden Knights special teams coordinator, will assume head coaching duties for Saturday's game against Wisconsin, UCF announced Wednesday.

"I have an experienced staff," O'Leary said. "All three coordinators been there before and they pretty much do what they need to do. It's not like I'm leaving them with a bunch of rookies. I stayed out of a lot of things at practice today to see how they handled the field."

Like the rest of the coaching staff, Huxtable is in his first year at UCF. He is familiar with O'Leary's style and philosophy, though, because of their previous working relationship. Huxtable coached at Georgia Tech from 1992-97 and was O'Leary's defensive coordinator there in 1996 and '97. He has also coached at Iowa State, Western Kentucky, East Carolina, Oklahoma State and North Carolina.

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