Scott Frost’s weekly appearance on the Orlando Sentinel’s Open Mike Show silently answered what had been on every UCF fan’s mind: will Saturday be Frost’s last game?
Article after article featured speculation, plans that Frost seemed to have never known about, and more. The second-year head coach has kept his head down as rumors circulate and confront. And still, the players under Frost have been focused on the next game – now the conference championship – as instructed season-long, with Frost practicing what he preached as the noise has gotten louder.
Needless to say, a dream season for the Knights has been realized and the second New Year’s Six game in five years is one more step away. UCF has accomplished a goal never achieved in college football and has claimed award, after commendation, after honors, et al.
Mike: What has this team and this town meant for you?
Scott: “It’s hard to put in words. … I turned down some other jobs when I was at Oregon because I loved that place. There was a tear in my eye when I got on the plane to fly down here, but this place has been exponentially better than I ever could have expected. The fans here, the community, these players. This is a special place and it’s only going to keep getting better.
“I’m glad that I was the one to help get this place back to where it should be. This place should compete for conference championships every year because of what it is. People in this community have been so great to me with the birth of my child, and I can’t tell you how many bouquets and gifts and phone calls we got. I’ll always cherish the decision I made to come down here. I’ll be a UCF guy the rest of my life.”
Mike: Is there a part of you that wishes the Nebraska job wasn’t opening?
Scott: “I don’t know. There’s only a couple of places in the whole country that I would even think about coaching. … It’s not all about the money for me. It never will be. The quality of life here is second to none and these players are like family to me. Life always affords you tough decisions and we’ll see what happens. But I can’t tell you how much I love this place and these players.”
Sources within the UCF media community have confirmed that an announcement for Frost’s change of hats will be on Saturday night after the Knights play Memphis at Spectrum Stadium.
Knight News will be following any major announcements in addition to Saturday’s game coverage. Should Frost change his mind to stay at UCF, we will post an announcement outside of coverage – this one likely in all caps.
Follow @UCFKnightNews for complete game coverage of the American Athletic Conference championship Saturday at noon.
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