Throw another accolade to the already ever building resume of former UCF coach Scott Frost’s impressive resume, as he was named The Associated Press coach of the year. Frost winning the award comes on the heels of the No. 10 ranked Knights completing a 12-0 regular season and earning a trip to the Peach Bowl, in which they’ll face No. 7 ranked Auburn on Jan. 1 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta.
”I was very fortunate to work with a special group at UCF for the last two years,” Frost said in a statement to The Associated Press. ”I’ve told them a number of times that what they accomplished this season was nothing short of impossible. Any honor or award I receive based on what we accomplished as a team is a credit to those student-athletes. I’m very proud to have been a part of this magical season.”
It was announced last week that as part of the agreement with Frost accepting the head coaching position at his alma-mater Nebraska that he’ll be allowed to coach UCF in the Peach Bowl. The 42-year old accepted the position with the Cornhuskers leading into the Knights’ American Athletic Conference championship game against Memphis.
The long winding road for Frost in leading the Knights back to respectability was a quick rebuild, as the former Oregon offensive coordinator took over what was previously a 0-12 program two years ago. UCF quickly improved in the win column and went a respectable 6-7 in Frost’s first season with the Knights and expectations were that much higher heading into 2017.
UCF was able to accomplish them and then some, as the Knights won the AAC championship over Memphis to stake claim to the at-large berth in major bowl games come New Year’s Day. Frost will head to Nebraska after the Peach Bowl and take over for Mike Riley, who was relieved of his duties after a 4-8 season with the Cornhuskers.