Twitter reacts to UCF hiring Gus Malzahn

New UCF head coach Gus Malzahn (center) stands alongside athletic director Terry Mohajir (left) and president Alexander Cartwright (right). Malzahn was officially announced as UCF's ninth head coach in school history on Monday.

UCF sent shockwaves across college football Monday when it announced the hiring of Gus Malzahn as its new head coach.

UCF brought in a proven winner in Malzahn, who had a 68-35 record in eight seasons with Auburn and led the Tigers to the National Championship Game in 2013.

The hire was met with positivity from UCF and college football fans, who are eager to see Malzahn’s winning ways come to Orlando.

It seemed to be a match made in heaven for UCF. Malzahn had planned to take a break for the 2021 season, but his mindset changed when the UCF job became available.

After speaking with the players, UCF athletic director Terry Mohajir realized that Malzahn was the right person for the job. Malzahn also expressed his excitement for getting to work with the Knights in his introductory press conference on Monday.

Malzahn set the bar high for the Knights in his introduction, claiming that the program will earn its first College Football Playoff berth in short time.

The claim drew mixed reactions from Twitter users. Some embraced it with open arms.

Others scoffed at the idea of a Group of Five team qualifying for the playoff.

Malzahn replaced former UCF coach Josh Heupel, who left to take the same position at Tennessee on Jan. 27. Some users said that the Knights upgraded at head coach despite Heupel getting poached by the Volunteers.

Malzahn’s hiring caught the attention of two prominent head coaches in the state, Jeff Scott of USF and Dan Mullen of Florida. Both praised Malzahn and are excited to coach and recruit against him.

As UCF ushers in a new era, the hiring of Malzahn serves as a reminder of just how far the program has come.

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