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O'Leary: I think I'm going to coach until I physically can't

UCF head coach George O’Leary isn’t planning to retire any time soon.

In an interview with Central Florida Future, O’Leary said, “I think I’m going to coach until I physically can’t do it anymore. My wife worries what am I going to do when I’m done. I give a lot of credit to my wife, I’m gone from 6 a.m. to 10p.m. every night so she took care of things at home. I enjoy the game but I also enjoy my family.”

O’Leary, who recently turned 64, explained, “Well I have four kids, all with degrees and long gone. As for me, I love being out on a boat in the water. ... I don’t get up to the lake house in Georgia as often as I’d like, but I have a few boats there and I like to take them out for the day and just cruising around. I enjoy golf, but I don’t enjoy either too much to give up football. I love getting up every morning coming to work.When I have back-to-back days when I come here and go “What am I doing?” then it’s time to walk away. I’ve had a few of those days but so far none back-to-back.”

UCF opens with four consecutive non-conference games. The Golden Knights host South Dakota and NC State, then travel to Buffalo and to Kansas State.

Regarding his team, O’Leary said, “There’s a bunch of kids back, whether they started or had a special team role, this is by far the most seniors I’ve had back on the field offensively or defensively. You’re only as good from a chemistry standpoint as your senior class.”