LINCOLN, Nebraska (AP) – Scott Frost, the native son whose Nebraska quarterback participated in the national championship 20 years ago, will return to the Cornhuskers as a coach after orchestrating an amazing two-year change in Central Florida.
Athletic director Bill Moos announced the highly anticipated contract later than expected on Saturday, about two hours after the 12th-ranked FFc team defeated the No. 16 Memphis 62-55 in two extra innings in the game. of the American Athletic Conference championship to extend its perfect record to 12-0. Frost accepted a contract for seven years and $ 35 million.
Frost's arrival in Nebraska has been anticipated by fans clamoring for the program to return to the so-called Nebraska Way, a culture that had an unprecedented success from the '60s to the' 90s under the coaches of the Salon de la Fame Bob Devaney and Tom Osborne.
"It is a great honor and privilege to have the opportunity to return to Nebraska and direct the Husker football program," said Frost. "I've been fortunate to be in a wonderful school for the past two years, but Nebraska is a special place with a legendary tradition and a fan base that is unrivaled, and I'm really honored to be here. Husker program mean a lot to me, this is home. "
Frost, 42, who will be presented at a Sunday press conference, replaces Mike Riley, who was fired last Saturday. Frost is faced with the task of rebuilding a program that during season 4-8 had its highest number of losses since 1957, its lowest number of victories since 1961 and saw opponents score more than 50 points four times.
Frost built an impressive resume as an badistant coach in Oregon and was seen by fans as a viable candidate after Nebraska fired Bo Pelini after the 2014 season. But the then sports director, Shawn Eichorst, hired someone for surprise, bringing Riley from the state of Oregon. The Huskers had 19-19 in their three seasons.
Meanwhile, Frost excelled the last two years at UCF in his first job as head coach. He took over a Knights team that did not win a game in 2015 and finished 6-7 and won a bet on the bowl in 2016.
"I am delighted that Scott returns to his alma mater to direct the Husker soccer program," said Moos. "I really think we have hired the first young coach in the country and that exciting times await us."
Frost's success has happened with a dynamic offensive he called "UCF-Fast" and averaged the best 48.3 points per game of Saturday's game.
Frost's father, Larry, played as a wingback for Devaney from 1967-69. His mother, Carol, was the first Nebraska athlete to compete for the US Olympic team. UU., Competing on the record in 1968, and then she was the Huskers coach on the women's track.
Scott grew up about 100 miles west of Lincoln in Wood River, where his father was a football coach and his mother was a receiver coach. He began his four seasons at Wood River, was the state high school player of the year in his senior year in 1992 and one of the most recruited quarterbacks in the country.
Frost reduced his college options to Nebraska and Stanford and shocked the state when he accepted Bill Walsh's offer to play for the Cardinal. He never gained traction as a quarterback at Stanford and ended up playing safety.
He returned to Nebraska and missed the team's 1995 national championship season due to the transfer rules. He was the new offensive player of year 12 of the year in 1996, and the following season he led the Huskers to a record of 13-0.
In a burnished image in the collective memory of Nebraska fans, Frost took the microphone on the field moments after a 42-17 victory over Tennessee at the Orange Bowl and delivered a speech imploring voters in the poll coaches to send Osborne to retirement with a part of the national championship. The coaches voted Nebraska n. 1, and Michigan was crowned champion by The Associated Press.
The New York Jets selected Frost in the third round in 1998, and he spent six seasons as a safety with four NFL teams. His coaching career began to take off in Oregon, where he was coach of Chip Kelly receivers from 2009-12 and Mark Helfrich's offensive coordinator of 2013-15.
Now Frost returns to his alma mater in charge of returning to the prominence of a program that is teetering on the edge of national relevance. The Huskers won five national titles between 1970 and `97 and are ranked fifth in all time with 893 victories. They have also won a 46-conference NCAA championship, but none since 1999.
Frost will be Nebraska's fourth coach since Frank Solich, who replaced Osborne, was fired in 2003. All three of Frost's predecessors had no ties to Nebraska, and his record in Oregon and UCF has fans who are confident he is the suitable man to return the Huskers to their place in the college football hierarchy.
"I am grateful for the trust that Bill Moos and our university leadership have in me to lead this program," said Frost. "I would not have the opportunity to be in this position without many excellent people who have helped me throughout my career, specifically, I would like to thank coach Osborne, who has played such an integral role in my life for the past two decades, both on and off the field, go to Big Red! "