Saturday afternoon, minutes after an overtime thriller against Memphis, UCF officials notified media of Scott Frost’s resignation as head football coach.
UCF Athletic Director Danny White called a press conference in Spectrum Stadium at 6 p.m. to provide information on Frost’s resignation and the national search.
White stated that Frost is all but locked in to coach the New Year’s Bowl game. Frost was reportedly conflicted for weeks deciding on the coaching position but the pull from his alma mater would prevail. Scott will be in Nebraska to recruit and perform transitional duties, later returning to Orlando and the site of the New Year’s game to provide the Knights the greatest opportunity to win the bowl game.
White would not go into specific detail on when Frost decided to take the Nebraska position nor any communications on other schools, including Nebraska.
In the meantime, offensive coordinator Troy Walters will serve as interim head coach.
White stated that a new coach will be announced within days to weeks; the new coach will not lead the team in the bowl game for obvious reasons.
On the sidelines of the game after the Knights declared victory and in the post-game press conference, Frost held back tears, reflecting on all that was accomplished in a matter of two seasons. It is undeniable that Frost saw the players and the university as his family – throughout every game and practice of the season. The then-head coach expressed his gratitude for the team, President Hitt, Danny White, and more, even through the 6-6 season to media and, on several occasions before Nebraska rumors took off, was emotional after marquee wins in the early season.
A dream season for the Knights has been accomplished and the momentum will carry on through 2018. A young team and fresh schedule will await, potentially carrying a 13-0 record over their shoulders.
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