Frost Notes: Finalist for National Coach of the Year; UCF hires former Oklahoma QB

Frost Notes: Finalist for National Coach of the Year; UCF hires former Oklahoma QB
Scott Frost led Central Florida to an undefeated season in his second year as head coach. (World-Herald News Service)

Scott Frost could be bringing a trophy with him to Nebraska.

The new Husker coach is a finalist for the Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year Award after leading Central Florida to an undefeated season and conference championship. He was officially hired Saturday to replace Mike Riley in Lincoln.

Frost was previously the unanimous pick as American Athletic Conference coach of the year.

Frost is joined by seven other finalists for the national award: Bill Clark, UAB; Lane Kiffin, Florida Atlantic; Jeff Monken, Army; Lincoln Riley, Oklahoma; Kirby Smart, Georgia; Dabo Swinney, Clemson; and Jeff Tedford, Fresno State.

Frost is one of two native Nebraskans on that list. Kiffin, the son of former Husker player and assistant coach Monte Kiffin, was born in Lincoln.

Frost would be UCF’s first recipient of the Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year Award. Former Nebraska coach Bob Devaney won the honor in 1971 after leading the Huskers to their second straight national title.

UCF hires former Oklahoma QB Josh Heupel to replace Scott Frost

A former All-America quarterback at Oklahoma will have the task of following Scott Frost at Central Florida.

UCF announced Tuesday it has hired Josh Heupel — the Heisman Trophy runner-up who helped lead the Sooners to the 2000 national championship — to be its next head football coach. Heupel has been the offensive coordinator at Missouri for the last two seasons.

Nebraska fans might remember Heupel from his 300-yard passing performance to knock off the No. 1 Huskers, 31-14, in 2000. Heupel also faced Nebraska several times as an Oklahoma assistant from 2006-14.

Heupel will replace Frost, who went undefeated this past season — his second as UCF’s head coach — and won the American Athletic Conference championship. Frost on Saturday was officially announced as Nebraska’s next football coach and he was formally introduced Sunday.

UCF also announced Tuesday it has selected Randy Shannon to be its defensive coordinator. He held that role at Flroida this past season and served as interim head coach after the firing of Jim McElwain.

Heupel will likely have to hire a complete new coaching staff at UCF.

Frost on Monday announced the hiring of seven assistants who all served under him in Orlando. The only assistants left at UCF were offensive coordinator/wide receivers coach Troy Walters — also the team’s interim head coach — and tight ends coach/recruiting coordinator Sean Beckton. It’s possible they too could join Frost in Lincoln.

“The guys that helped us win there can help us win here,” Frost said Sunday.