O'Leary hints to FOX 35 that he is contemplating retirement - FOX 35 News Orlando

UCF's O'Leary hints to FOX 35 that he is contemplating retirement

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Fresh off the University of Central Florida football team's most important win ever in the 2014 Fiesta Bowl, head coach George O'Leary sat down in a one-on-one interview with FOX 35's Tom Johnson to talk about the season and what the future may hold for the Knights.

O'Leary talked about a bright future for the team because of a high number of players returning on defense.  He also believes the Knights will be able to overcome the loss of quarterback Blake Bortles and running back Storm Johnson, both to the NFL. 

All of those answers were expected, but O'Leary stunned us when we asked him what he has left to accomplish at UCF.

"I'm gettin' up in age," O'Leary said.  "You know, I think that when it gets to a point in football when I think I'm not efficient in practice, when I'm not efficient in my daily responsibilities, (in) what I'm accountable for, then it's time to step aside and let someone else take over and that may be comin' pretty soon."

When we asked how soon is soon, O'Leary said that he has a contract that keeps him working in the near future.  He then added that he wants to make sure that the "pieces are in place" to continue the culture he's established in the football program when he does decide to leave.

O'Leary's current contract runs through the 2017 season.

UCF just completed its most successful season of football in history.  The team went 12-1, won the American Athletic Conference and beat then #6 Baylor in the Fiesta Bowl. It was the school's first ever trip to a BCS bowl.

We will air parts of the interview during FOX 35 News at 5 p.m.

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