Frost, a former quarterback who led the Nebraska Cornhuskers to a share of the 1997 national championship, has been hired as the school’s next football coach, it was announced Saturday.
The 42-year-old Frost led UCF to a 12-0 record this season after the No. 14 Knights beat No. 20 Memphis 62-55 in double overtime to win the American Athletic Conference championship game Saturday.
UCF athletic director Danny White said Frost plans to coach in the bowl game, but he will hand game preparation duties to offensive coordinator Troy Walters, who was named interim coach Saturday.
Frost, who will be introduced as Nebraska’s 33rd head coach Sunday in Lincoln, replaces Mike Riley, who went 4-8 for the Cornhuskers this season – his third at the university.
Nebraska will owe $3 million to UCF, which paid a combined $3.7 million to Frost over his two seasons.
Mario Verduzco, who coached quarterbacks at UCF, offered a Nebraska scholarship to Tennessee QB commit Adrian Martinez on Saturday night, and Ryan Held, an ex-Nebraska QB and the running backs coach for the Knights under Frost, extended an offer to Florida State pledge Jashaun Corbin.
Even before he installs his system, new Nebraska coach Scott Frost will need to infuse a program and fan base with enthusiasm and confidence.
Frost, in a blog post from 2005, one year before he entered the coaching ranks as a graduate assistant at Kansas State, wrote that he loved Nebraska football and the state of Nebraska.