Scott Frost has always been viewed as a home-run candidate should Nebraska football part ways with coach Mike Riley, and ESPN’s Adam Rittenberg said Monday the Huskers have reached out to UCF to make their “intentions known.”
Rittenberg said on The Bottom Line with the Omaha World-Herald’s Mike’l Severe that Nebraska has been in touch with Central Florida officials about Frost, the former Nebraska quarterback who is excelling in his second season as a head coach. Frost signed an extension through 2021 in May, so any team looking to hire Frost would have to buy him out of his UCF contract.
“Scott Frost has got to move,” Rittenberg said. “I think the question is, will he come back home to Nebraska? Now, I have been told that Nebraska has made some type of offer or interest in Scott Frost known. So people there at UCF I have connections with are aware that Nebraska is making a strong, strong push for Scott Frost.
“Now, is he going to come home or is he gonna look at Florida? Maybe he’s looking to stay home? I just can’t see it. I think Nebraska is making it very clear that they want him to be its next head coach. He just has to decide if he wants Nebraska or something else.”
Severe clarified later that there has been “no formal contact” between Nebraska and UCF.
Here’s the full segment. The Nebraska-Scott Frost talk starts at around the 11-minute mark.
Nebraska athletic director Bill Moos reiterated his stance Monday to ESPN’s Mitch Sherman that the Huskers would not be making any in-season coaching changes.
“It’s not like I’ve got a coach to hire this afternoon at 3:30,” Moos told ESPN. “Mike Riley deserves to finish the 2017 season. That’s how I operate.”
Frost, meanwhile, has been mentioned as a possible candidate for job openings at Florida and Tennessee. He currently has UCF at 9-0 and atop the American Athletic Conference. The Knights were No. 18 in the College Football Playoff rankings last week.