There’s still a chance that new Nebraska head coach Scott Frost could coach his former team, UCF, in its bowl game in January. The 12-0 Knights, the only unbeaten team in FBS football, accepted an invitation to face Auburn in the Peach Bowl in Atlanta on Jan. 1.
“I think we still have some talking to do as it relates to the bowl game down there,” Frost said on Sunday. “We’re looking forward to recruiting for the next couple of weeks until the dead period.”
The dead period for this academic year begins Dec. 18 and runs until Jan. 11. College football’s new early signing period, during which players can submit binding letters of intent, starts Dec. 20 and ends Dec. 22.
Nebraska Athletic Director Bill Moos is confident in Frost's ability to handle both jobs if that's the final decision that is made. He said members of Nebraska’s new staff, which has yet to be officially announced, were hired in Orlando and immediately out recruiting for Nebraska.
“Scott’s very organized,” Moos said. “Being as organized as he is, I know that he can have things in place and be actively recruiting and then that dead period hits, he should – and we talked about it – be able to go back and coach his team in what will be a New Year’s Six bowl game and be able to bring closure to that chapter in his coaching career and then we’re off and running.
As for how that would look, Moos said Frost would have people in Florida preparing the Knights to face Auburn while he "will be here doing evaluations and getting set up and really probably be on the road making home visits and doing those things. This guy is very, very bright, extremely well organized, has a football IQ. He gets it. He would not short us at Nebraska and at the same time he would not short UCF, and he’s one person that can do both at the same time."
UCF, which finished 12th in the final College Football Playoff Rankings, is making its second trip in program history to one of the major New Year’s Day bowls. The Knights defeated sixth-ranked Baylor 52-42 in the Fiesta Bowl in 2013.
More than the chance to face SEC East champion Auburn on one of college football’s biggest stages, however, the pull for Frost remains the group of players who helped UCF go from 0-12 the year before his arrival in 2015 to 12-0 in 2017.
“I don’t want to leave the players down there without a coach,” Frost said. “They deserve to have the best chance that they possibly can especially in the bowl game that they qualified for.
“If it all works out I’d love to go back and help those kids one more time. It’s a unique and special group down there that we all feel very strongly about.”
Brandon is the Managing Editor for Hail Varsity and has covered Nebraska athletics for the magazine and web since 2012, Hail Varsity’s first season on the scene. His sports writing has also been featured by Fox Sports, The Guardian and CBS Sports.