Taking a program from zero wins the year before you got there to an undefeated 12-win season by your second year is no easy task.
Hence, all the love Scott Frost has received when he was turning around the UCF football program. Now that he’s the man in charge of Nebraska, the Cornhuskers are starting to hear and see all the love coming way via Frost.
Sports Illustrated posted an article going over the 2017 coaching carousel and ranked 18 hires that have taken place. Coming in at No. 1, of course, was Frost.
Here’s what SI’s Joan Niesen wrote on the coach who received 4.6 out of 5 stars:
“The former UCF coach led the Knights to an undefeated regular season in 2017, was Nebraska’s quarterback in 1996 and ‘97, winning a share of the national title in his second year. He’s a native of Lincoln, too. This couldn’t look any better on paper.
“Frost was the obvious choice at Nebraska, but the timing of the announcement was impeccable, as the two sides waited until the Knights won the American Athletic Conference championship game to put out word, allowing Frost and UCF to part on good terms. (He’ll be back in black and gold to coach the Peach Bowl.)
“Frost’s up-tempo offense should be a good fit with Nebraska’s personnel, especially considering the talent he should be able to recruit going forward. The Huskers had a horrendous 2017, finishing with four wins and its worst record since 1961. There’s only one path from here, and that’s improvement. Mike Riley wasn’t the right fit for the Cornhuskers, but it won’t take long to right the ship. Frost, with far fewer resources, took UCF from 0–12 the year before his arrival to 6–7 to 12–0, and if that timeline is any indication, Nebraska should be competing for its division within a year or two.”
Niesen even gave some ratings to give fans a more in-depth take:
Splash quotient: 5
Stylistic fit: 4
Instant impact: 5
Frost has been successful during the last couple of seasons with UCF. Nobody can question that. Will he be as successful with more pressure to perform in a tougher conference?
Only time will tell.
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