The fourth quarter of the AAC Championship Game between UCF and Memphis was completely insane, as the frame ended 48-48 to push the game to overtime. Oh, and during the middle of things, it was announced that the home team’s head coach had agreed to a deal with his alma mater to become their head coach.
According to Brett McMurphy, one of the most widely-speculated moves in the coaching carousel came to fruition as Knights coach Scott Frost agreed to a deal with Nebraska to becomes its next head coach. The Huskers are going to make one heck of a commitment to Frost, giving him a seven-year contract.
The report was confirmed by George Schroeder of USA Today Sports. Schroeder credited Lars Anderson of Bleacher Report, who had been reporting this for several days.
Additionally, Bruce Feldman of Fox Sports tweeted earlier on Saturday that Nebraska’s athletic director is already getting in contact with recruits about the impending move.
Frost played quarterback for the Huskers from 1995-97, and is from about 90 minutes west of Lincoln. He was a star signal caller for the school, his first coaching job was at Nebraska as a graduate assistant in 2002, and ever since then, Frost has been one of the hottest rising stars in the business.
After establishing himself as one of the nation’s premier offensive coordinators at Oregon, Frost became the head coach at Central Florida in 2016. He took over a listless Knights program that went 0-12 the year before, went 6-7 during his first year, and has turned them into a Group of Five juggernaut this season. UCF went 12-0, and shortly after the report dropped from McMurphy, the Knights won the AAC Championship.
There was always going to be a ton of interest in Frost this offseason, but at the end of the day, the 42 year old has decided to head home.
UPDATE: Nebraska has made the hiring official with an absolutely tremendous video welcoming Frost home.
In response to the news becoming official, UCF responded by wishing Frost the best of luck.
With how acrimonious coaching changes can be — just look at Florida State as proof — it’s always cool to see a school respond the way UCF did to losing Frost.