Big Ol' Scott Frost-Nebraska News Drops While He's Coaching UCF Game

Scott Frost hired as Nebraska's new head football coach

Orlando Sentinel columnist Mike Bianchi, who covers Frost's undefeated Central Florida team, said he had little doubt Frost would wind up as Nebraska's next head coach after interviewing him on Thursday. The former OR offensive coordinator initially signed on with UCF in the winter of 2015. It's unclear if Frost will remain with the Knights for their bowl game. In his inaugural season with the team past year, his squad went 6-6 in the regular season before falling to Arkansas State in the Cure Bowl.

He then took Central Florida to a different level this season, rolling to a flawless 12-0 record and then winning the American Athletic Conference Championship on Saturday afternoon with a 62-55 double-overtime victory over Memphis.

The 42-year-old Frost, who will be introduced at a Sunday news conference, takes over for Mike Riley, who was sacked last Saturday.

The New York Jets drafted Frost in the third round in 1998, and he spent six seasons as a safety with four National Football League teams. At 10-1, Memphis could have been in position to sneak into the College Football Playoff if not for a loss to the Knights earlier in the season.

In addition to head coaching, Frost spent time at OR as wide receivers coach from 2009-13 before being promoted to offensive coordinator from 2013-15. Riley spent three seasons as the head football coach in Lincoln and finished with a 19-19 record in his three years at the helm.

"It is a great honor and privilege to have the opportunity to return to Nebraska and to lead the Husker football program", Frost said in a statement released late Saturday afternoon.

Now Frost returns to his alma mater charged with returning to prominence a program teetering on the edge of national relevancy. I am truly humbled to be here. Frost, a 42-year-old Wood River native, also faces the pressure of being the popular prodigal-son choice of fans who bought "Frost Warning" t-shirts and started "Bring Scott Frost Back to Nebraska" Facebook pages.

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