Scott Frost is going home.
Frost, a former quarterback who led the Nebraska Cornhuskers?to a share of the 1997 national championship, has been hired as the school’s next football coach, it was announced Saturday.
“It is a great honor and privilege to have the opportunity to return to Nebraska and to lead the Husker football program,” Frost said in a statement. “I have been fortunate to be at a wonderful school the last two years, but Nebraska is a special place with a storied tradition and a fan base which is second to none. I am truly humbled to be here. The state of Nebraska and the Husker program mean a great deal to me. This is home.”
The university said Frost agreed to a seven-year, $35 million contract.?
The 42-year-old Frost led? UCF?to a 12-0 record this season after the No. 14 Knights beat No. 20? Memphis? 62-55 in double overtime to win the American Athletic Conference championship game Saturday.
With the victory, UCF?clinched a berth in a New Year’s Six bowl game, likely the Chik-Fil-A Peach Bowl.?UCF athletic director Danny White said Frost plans to coach in the bowl game, but he?will hand game preparation duties to offensive coordinator Troy Walters, who was named interim coach Saturday.
“I’m proud of this coaching staff and the group of people we assembled to coach these guys,” Frost said during the championship game trophy ceremony. “I think we’ve given a lot to this program and these kids. But this city, this university and these kids have given even more to us.”
Frost, who will be introduced as Nebraska’s 33rd head coach Sunday in Lincoln, replaces Mike Riley, who went 4-8 for the Cornhuskers this season — his third at the university.
“I am thrilled that Scott is returning to his alma mater to lead the Husker football program,” athletic director Bill Moos said. “I truly believe that we have hired the premier young coach in the country and that exciting times lie ahead.”
Nebraska will owe $3 million to UCF, which paid a combined $3.7 million to Frost over his two seasons.
Frost’s staff at Nebraska began to take shape immediately. Mario Verduzco, who coached quarterbacks at UCF, offered a Nebraska scholarship to Tennessee QB commit Adrian Martinez on Saturday night, and Ryan Held, an ex-Nebraska QB and the running backs coach for the Knights under Frost, extended an offer to Florida State pledge Jashaun Corbin.
Frost, who is a semifinalist for the George Munger National Coach of the Year Award for a second straight…