UCF could've bid adieu to Scott Frost the morning of Dec. 3. They could've congratulated — and thanked — him once again for transforming the Knights from a winless program into undefeated AAC champs in two years and sent him on his way to Nebraska.
Instead the UCF administration acted like mature adults and did what was in the best interest of the student-athletes. They not only allowed him to coach in Peach Bowl four weeks later, they allowed him to do so as the head coach of Nebraska, for whom he will be recruiting for those four weeks.
A day after leading UCF to a conference championship, Frost was being introduced as head coach of his alma mater nearly 1,500 miles away. That day and in those that followed Frost was recruiting for the Huskers, handing out offers, visiting prospects and making phone calls. It's hard enough to be the head coach of one FBS program, but somehow the 42-year-old is acting as head coach of two FBS programs for nearly a month. And this week, he proved he can do both jobs with a remarkable 24-hour period.
After leading bowl practice on Tuesday morning, Frost had a 40-minute news conference beginning at 12:20 p.m. ET.
"I know Coach Frost has some other obligations immediately after," said a UCF media relations coordinator.
Those obligations were Adrian Martinez, a four-star Tennessee commit from Fresno, Calif. At 2:26 p.m., Frost and quarterbacks coach Mario Verduzco — who will join him at Nebraska — departed Orlando in a private jet. They refueled in Lincoln, Neb., and arrived at Martinez's home a couple hours later. The 6-foot-2, 205-pounder was the first player Frost offered to as Huskers' head coach.
Following a visit with Martinez and his family, Frost and Verduzco hopped back aboard the jet, refuelded in Lincoln and were back in Orlando in the wee hours of Wednesday morning, just in time to put the finishing touches on the Knights' practice plan for Wednesday.
UCF could've issued an ultimatum to Frost that he either remain in Orlando and devote 100 percent of his attention to their football program. They didn't, and they deserve a ton of credit for allowing the student-athletes to have continuity during the final weeks of their season.