O’Leary gets another chance
Still, he’d have to take his punishment, only getting a second chance to coach due to an old connection working for the Vikings. Then, as O’Leary would say, “America is a forgiving nation,” he got another chance as a college football head coach. That opportunity would come at a school coming off a 3-9 season, sitting in the MAC, with absolutely nothing resembling FBS facilities.
It would come at a school that had only been at the FBS level since 1996 and had only had four winning seasons at that level. In 2004, UCF hired the man who had to resign in disgrace from Notre Dame.
Immediately, O’Leary went winless. However, he was immediately building the framework for a great football program that was lucky to be in a great location. In 2005, UCF opened an indoor practice facility, the first of its kind among FBS programs in the state of Florida.