As the Scott Frost to Nebraska talk heats up, Central Florida does not want to lose its head coach.
UCF announced Tuesday it would try to raise $1.5 million from donors for its “Football Excellence Fund,” according to Mike Bianchi of the Orlando Sentinel. Bianchi says that most of the money raised would likely go to pay Frost and his staff of assistants.
Frost, 42, is in his second as UCF’s head coach, and his team is off to a 5-0 start with a No. 20 ranking. Frost worked as Oregon’s offensive coordinator before landing his first head coaching gig.
His ties to the Cornhuskers run strong. Frost was a quarterback at Nebraska from 1995-1997 and started his coaching career in Lincoln as a graduate assistant in 2002. The Huskers could make a run at him if they do part ways with current coach Mike Riley — a likely scenario according to one former Nebraska assistant.
Nebraska is off to a 3-4 start in 2017 and athletic director Shawn Eichorst was fired shortly after the football team lost to Northern Illinois. The university hired Bill Moos to take Eichorst’s place last weekend.
It’s almost certain Nebraska or another high-profile will team go after Frost this offseason. With a little more money, UCF is hoping it can hold on to him for longer.
“I’m very excited about the success we’ve had in our time here and I’m committed to helping this program continue growing,” Frost said in a statement, according to the Orlando Sentinel. “I’m happy to be part of the UCF Football Excellence Fund. We need more resources to keep taking this program where we want it to go. I’m hopeful my support will be a catalyst for others to jump on board and take part.”