After weeks of speculation, the seemingly inevitable happened Saturday. UCF coach Scott Frost officially left the Knights to become the next coach at Nebraska.
The news was revealed just minutes after Frost led the Knights to a double-overtime victory against Memphis to claim the AAC championship and maintain a 12-0 record.
Following the news of Frost’s departure, UCF athletic director Danny White held a news conference to address his upcoming coaching search. During which, he made a pretty bold claim.
“I think we have the most attractive football opening in the nation right now,” he said, per Joey Knight of the Tampa Bay Times.
— Joey Knight (@TBTimes_Bulls) December 2, 2017
Excuse me, Mr. White?
With Jimbo Fisher resigning at Florida State on Friday to take the coaching job at Texas A&M, the job is not even the best college football opening within the state of Florida.
And don’t forget Tennessee and Arkansas, which are in the process of conducting coaching searches alongside the Knights. The Vols have made a national spectacle of their quest to replace Butch Jones, while the Razorbacks have been without an athletic director in the search for Bret Bielema’s replacement.
UCF might have the most victories out of any of those schools in the 2017 season, but the Group of 5 status and checkered history in the pre-Frost era make the job a tough sell for a top name. Of course, White could prove us all wrong by making a better hire than any of the major Power 5 schools in search of a coach this offseason.
After all, this is a UCF program that went 0-12 in 2015, which was the season before it landed Frost.