If Florida had or still has any interest in Central Florida coach Scott Frost, the Gators may have waited too long.
Nebraska could be closing in on a massive deal to hire Frost, according to Bleacher Report on Friday.
Nebraska is “close” to a seven-year, $35 million agreement with Frost, per Lars Anderson of Bleacher Report.
Not a breaking-news guy, but hearing a lot of heavy breathing on Nebraska coaching front: Scott Frost to NU for 7 years, $35 mil is "close."
— Lars Anderson (@LarsAnderson71) November 18, 2017
The reported $5 million annual salary would make Frost the third-highest paid coach in the Big Ten, trailing only Ohio State’s Urban Meyer and Michigan’s Jim Harbaugh, according to USA Today’s database.
It’s not hard to explain why the Huskers would be willing to pay a high price to reel in Frost. Nebraska is 4-6 and in danger of not reaching bowl eligibility. Frost has guided Central Florida to a 9-0 record, and the Knights appear destined for a New Year’s Six bowl, something Nebraska has not achieved since the College Football Playoff realignment.
Rumors have swirled around Frost and Nebraska all season and were amplified when the Huskers fired athletic director Shawn Eichorst, who supposedly was current coach Mike Riley’s primary advocate. Frost is a Nebraska alum who last worked in Lincoln as a graduate assistant in 2002 after a six-year playing career in the NFL. Since then, he’s become a rising star in the coaching ranks.
If Frost is indeed out of the picture for the Gators, that likely will only turn up the heat on the rumored possibilities of Chip Kelly heading to Gainesville.