After finishing 2014 with a 9-4 record, the Central Florida Knights were expected to be one of the favorites in the American Athletic Conference in 2015. Unfortunately, due to injuries and poor play, the team finished the season at 0-12 and fired head coach George O’Leary. New athletic director Danny White knew that he had to make a splash in hiring the school’s next head football coach, and he did, as the Knights have tabbed Oregon offensive coordinator Scott Frost to lead the program.
Oregon offensive coordinator Scott Frost is new head coach at UCF, making him 10th head coach in program history. pic.twitter.com/JayWMMoqQJ
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) December 1, 2015
Frost, who led the Nebraska Cornhuskers to an undefeated season and National Championship in 1997 as the team’s starting quarterback and played six seasons in the NFL, was considered to be one of the hottest names surrounding the open head coaching positions around the country. Although he’s only 40 years old, Frost has been coaching for 11 seasons as he started as a graduate assistant at Kansas State in 2006 before moving on to Northern Iowa in 2007 as the linebackers coach and adding the co-defensive coordinator role in 2008.
After leaving Northern Iowa, Frost took a job coaching the wide receivers at Oregon, a post he held from 2009-12. In 2013, he was promoted to be the Ducks’ offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.
Frost will be tasked with turning around an offense that averaged 13.9 points per game in 2015, which was 126th in the nation. The unit only averaged 268 yards per game which was the worst in the FBS. Compare those numbers to the 548 yards and 43.2 points per game that Frost’s offense averaged at Oregon and you can see why White targeted Frost as his next head coach.