Eric Hansen | January 7, 2021
John Heisler made the drive south by himself over two days, not knowing a soul in Orlando, Florida, and not knowing what a part-time consulting gig he had agreed to might turn into eventually.
His first official function for his new employer, after hunkering down in his hotel room in the afternoon in April of 2019, was an event at a local hotel that evening honoring the University of Central Florida’s newest Athletics Hall of Fame class.
The longtime Notre Dame sports information director wandered into the venue, and the first person he literally bumped into — and randomly spoke to — turned out to be the guest of honor: former UCF football coach and Hall of Fame inductee George O’Leary.
The same man Heisler helped introduce as Notre Dame’s coach more than 17 years earlier, but who lasted only a little less than a week on the job.
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