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Scott Frost: I’m hoping the Big Ten has to modify their system for us

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A day after winning the American Athletic Conference championship, Scott Frost was introduced as the new head coach of the Nebraska Cornhuskers at his first official press conference as a member of the Nebraska program. As you might expect, Frost is widely being hailed as a “home run” hire for Nebraska, and he scored his first victory at Nebraska with a genuine and heartfelt and refreshing press conference in front of the Nebraska media.

Asked how he would modify his offensive system to fit in the Big Ten, Frost offered a response that won the room over to a round of applause.

“I’m hoping the Big Ten is going to have to modify their system to us,” Frost replied. The room burst into applause for a few moments.

Frost confirmed his intention to coach UCF in the bowl game for the undefeated Knights, saying he felt it was his duty to give UCF the best possible chance to end the season with a win after going through so much with his now previous employer. Frost also suggested he hopes most of his UCF staff comes with him to Lincoln, although the exact staff will be determined. With early signing now in play in college football, Frost understands there is a need to focus on recruiting in a short period of time. Moving on from UCF as quickly as possible would have some benefits, but Frost’s commitment to finishing the job at UCF could end up paying off for his job at Nebraska as well.

UCF clinches NY6 bowl bid as AAC champs and Scott Frost avoids question about Nebraska

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If you wanted an offensive shootout, you certainly got it in the American Athletic Conference championship game. After out-lasting No. 20 Memphis (10-2) for a second straight shootout victory, this time in a 62-55 double-overtime thriller, No. 14 UCF (12-0) will get their chance to score a signature victory against a power conference opponent in the New Years Six bowl lineup. At 12-0, UCF essentially clinched their spot in the big game bowl lineup to be determined by the College Football Playoff selection committee tomorrow. We may not have to wait quite as long to learn about the future of UCF head coach Scott Frost.

Memphis forced the AAC championship to go to overtime with two fourth-quarter touchdowns to tie the game at 48-48. Memphis had a chance to win the game in regulation but could not convert on a long field goal in the final minute. UCF also could not take advantage of a last-minute possession and gave the ball back to Memphis by way of an interception. But little time remaining, Memphis could not get into field goal range. So the game went to overtime after 96 points and 1,399 yards of offenses.

After the teams traded touchdowns in the first overtime, UCF opened the second overtime with a touchdown run by Otis Anderson. Memphis kept the game alive with a great fourth down conversion between Riley Ferguson and Anthony Miller, but Ferguson was picked off a couple of plays later by Tre Neal.

It was the only interception of the game thrown by Ferguson, who passed for 471 yards and four touchdowns. Miller caught 14 passes for 195 yards and three scores and Memphis had two 100-yard rushers with Darrell Henderson and Patrick Taylor Jr. UCF’s box score was loaded a swell. McKenzie Milton passed for 494 yards and five touchdowns to overcome three interceptions in the game. Anderson rushed for 117 yards and Tre'Quan Smith accounted for 161 yards and two scores. Dredrick Snelson also had 145 yards and two touchdowns.

As the highest-ranked conference champion, UCF will be rewarded with the lone spot in the New Years Six bowl lineup reserved for the highest-ranked conference champion from the Group of Five conferences. It is only fitting this year’s spot goes to the only undefeated team in the country outside of Wisconsin (and if Wisconsin loses in the Big Ten championship game, UCF will be the only undefeated team in the country).

UCF may be heading to the Peach Bowl or another New Years Six bowl game, but Frost could be making his way to Lincoln, Nebraska. It was a storyline that was unavoidable for the ABC telecast in the beginning of the game, and for good reason. Frost has been one of the hottest names in the coaching carousel, and the undefeated run by UCF was a big part of the reason why that was the case. Various reports and rumors have suggested Frost is already on his way to Nebraska to be the next head coach, but nothing official has been announced on either end. Frost declined to answer the question about accepting the Nebraska job in his on-field postgame interview.

We’ll probably find out in the next 24-36 hours where UCF will be heading for the bowl season, and the decision of Frost will not be lingering too far behind if it has yet to be made official one way or the other by then. Memphis will still be heading to a bowl game as one of the top AAC representatives too, but it will not have the same prestige as the big bowl game lineup. Memphis head coach Mike Norvell could also remain a name to watch on the coaching carousel’s radar too.

Chad Morris, Derek Dooley among betting favorites to be next Ole Miss head coach

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It did not take long for people to start talking about who the next head coach at Ole Miss will be following the Thursday night resignation of Hugh Freeze. And somehow, one of the betting favorites has quickly become former Tennessee head coach Derek Dooley.

As noted by Rocky Top Talk, the Tennessee blog on SB Nation, the former Vols coach and current assistant with the Dallas Cowboys is listed as the second most-favored coach to take over at Ole Miss, listed at +500 according to BetOnline. SMU head coach Chad Morris is the current betting favorite on the betting website, with Morris listed at +300 to be the next coach of the Rebels.

Other names on the board include former LSU head coach Les Miles (+800), and former Oregon head coach Chip Kelly (+1400). FAU head coach Lane Kiffin has been having fun trolling about the Ole Miss fallout on Twitter, yet he is also on the board at +1600.

For what it is worth, interim head coach Matt Luke has also been given odds to keep the job, and he is listed at +1200.

Here are the latest odds as listed by BetOnline;

  • Chad Morris +300
  • Derek Dooley +500
  • Blake Anderson +700
  • Les Miles +800
  • Mike Norvell +1000
  • Brent Venables +1200
  • Scott Frost +1400
  • Chip Kelly +1400
  • Neal Brown +1600
  • Lane Kiffin +1600
  • Mike MacIntyre +1600
  • Charlie Strong +1600
  • Willie Fritz +2000
  • Bryan Harsin +2000
  • Bobby Petrino +2500

So place your bets wisely. But if you choose to place your money on Dooley, you might as well just send me your money instead.

UCF extends contract of Scott Frost after promising debut season

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Scott Frost wasted no time getting settled in at UCF. In his debut season with the Knights, Frost coached UCF to a 6-6 regular season and a bowl trip a year after the program had gone 0-12. For that, UCF is already making sure they lock down one of the potentially popular names in the coaching rumor mill in the coming years by working out a contract extension.

UCF announced a contract extension for Frost today, keeping him employed through the 2021 season.

“I couldn’t be more proud to work with Scott Frost as we build a nationally-competitive football program, representing UCF and our community across the country,” UCFDirector of athletics Danny White said in a released statement. “In my view, the turnaround he led has been nothing short of phenomenal. To that end, we remain incredibly excited about the direction of our football program under Coach Frost’s leadership. Successful programs are built around consistency and continuity. As such, I am absolutely thrilled that Scott sees the vast potential of UCF and is committed to our bright future.”

“I am thrilled to have the opportunity to continue building a winning culture and a winning football program at UCF,” Frost said in a released statement. “Ashley and I feel like we have found a home in Orlando and with the UCF community.”

Frost was hired by UCF in December 2015 after a season that saw George O’Leary step down in the middle of the year. The former Nebraska Cornhusker and Stanford Cardinal player started his coaching career at Nebraska in 2002 as a graduate assistant. He also served as a graduate assistant at Kansas State and went on to hold positions at Northern Iowa and Oregon.

Though expected to lead an offensive resurgence with UCF, the program saw a significant and much-needed turnaround on defense least season under Frost. This season figures to be another step forward for the program as it works its way back to being a top AAC contender once again.

Mark Helfrich to meet with Oregon AD later this week

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Oregon head coach Mark Helfrich may be sitting on a burning seat with a golden Nike logo embroidered on it, but it sure looks as though he is safe from being the next on the chopping block for at least a couple more days. Helfrich will be the only Oregon representative at a end-of-the-year news conference today, with the intent of meeting with Oregon representatives later this week to discuss the future.

This does not necessarily mean Helfrich is guaranteed to be safe to return to Oregon as head coach in 2017, because a lack of public showing of support from Athletics Director Rob Mullens comes off a bit ominous, but Helfrich having a plan to meet with Mullens and others this week could simply be routine and business as usual or just a way of putting off a coaching change until Oregon has all of its ducks in a row.

Oregon is coming off a brutal loss against in-state rival Oregon State, putting a fitting end to a dismal season that saw the Ducks go just 4-8. Rumors have been swirling around for weeks that changes could be inevitable at Oregon, with Nike founder Phil Knight reportedly willing to write whatever check necessary to hire the best available coach (a report that has been scrutinized by those close to the Oregon program since making the rounds). Two years ago, Oregon was playing for the national championship with the Heisman Trophy winner (Marcus Mariota). Last year the Ducks suffered a mind-blowing loss in the Alamo Bowl against TCU. And then, this year happened.The program is trending in the wrong direction under Helfrich right now. The only question is whether or not Oregon will wait another year to see if he is capable of turning things around or the time to hire a new coach is now.

The program is trending in the wrong direction under Helfrich right now. The only question is whether or not Oregon will wait another year to see if he is capable of turning things around or the time to hire a new coach is now. Western Michigan coach P.J. Fleck and UCF coach (and former Oregon assistant) Scott Frost have been mentioned in the rumor mill as potential possibilities for the Ducks should a change be imminent.