O'Leary To Take UCF Job

Vikings defensive coordinator George O'Leary will take over as head of the University of Central Florida after completing his duties with the Vikings this season.

Vikings defensive coordinator George O'Leary will become the new head coach at the University of Central Florida.

According to the Associated Press, the school planned to hold a news conference Monday afternoon, but sports information director John Marini confirmed that O'Leary was the school's choice.

O'Leary joined the Vikings before the 2002 season as their defensive line coach and assistant head coach. This year he became the Vikings' defensive coordinator.

Previously, he compiled a 52-33 record from 1994 to 2001 at Georgia Tech before stepping down to accept the head job at Notre Dame. However, he stepped down two weeks later when he acknowledged that he had inaccuracies on his resume.

He has also coached at Syracuse and with the San Diego Chargers. O'Leary is reportedly in line for a five-year contract worth about $700,000 annually. He is expected to finish the season with the Vikings.

The Vikings entered this weekend ranked 15th in the NFC in total defense, but also had their best defensive showing of the season, limiting Seattle to seven points and 258 total net yards. They were second in the NFC in takeaways before Sunday's game.

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