Scott Frost won’t coach a regular season game at Nebraska for another nine months, but he could end up an award-winning coach before bowl season even starts.
Frost is a finalist for the Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year Award, along with UAB’s Bill Clark, FAU’s Lane Kiffin, Army’s Jeff Monken, Oklahoma’s Lincoln Riley, Georgia’s Kirby Smart, Clemson’s Dabo Swinney and Fresno State’s Jeff Tedford. That’s a long list that includes three playoff participants, but Frost’s 12-0 record at UCF this season should at least give him a shot.
Winning the award after only his second season would be an impressive honor for Frost, who took over an 0-12 team in 2015 and turned it into a 12-0 team just two seasons later. Frost officially left the Knights’ program for Nebraska, his alma mater, after UCF’s AAC Championship Game win over Memphis on Saturday. He still is planning on helping coach the Knights’ bowl game, but has been recruiting hard for Nebraska in his first few days on the job.