Ted Roof Reunited With UCF Coach George O'Leary, School Confirms

The Central Florida Knights have hired former Auburn Tigers defensive coordinator Ted Roof, UCF announced Thursday morning. Roof wasn't fired by Auburn, per se, but was able to manage a soft landing immediately after departing from a far superior job. Well-handled by Auburn.

UCF coach George O'Leary worked with Roof on the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets staff at the turn of the century. Roof on the move:

"It's a wonderful opportunity to come to a great place. It's just as important to come work for a coach who I have tremendous respect for," said Roof. "He gave me my first break as a coordinator in football, and I think it says a lot about how I feel about coach (O'Leary)."

Auburn ranked No. 78 in defense this year, No. 60 with Nick Fairley around, and No. 68 in 2009. He'll take over a unit that's finished in the top 15 two years in a row.

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