Former UB Athletic Director Danny White hires Scott Frost as new UCF football coach

Hire of Oregon offensive coordinator marks White's first hire at UCF


Danny White's first order of business as the new athletic director at the University of Central Florida was to find a new football coach. After two weeks on the job, White's national search ended on the west coast.

UCF hired Oregon Offensive Coordinator Scott Frost as its new head football coach Tuesday. The hire marks the first one that White, Buffalo's former athletic director, has made as AD of the Knights.

White tweeted Tuesday that he "couldn't be more excited about the future of UCF FB under the leadership of Scott Frost!"

Frost, 40, won a national championship as a quarterback at Nebraska in 1997 and played in the NFL from 1998-2003. After a few assistant coaching stints, Frost then made his name known as Oregon's wide receivers coach and later offensive coordinator.

Frost ran one of the nation's top offenses with multiple NFL talents such as Heisman-winning quarterback Marcus Mariota, New England Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount and Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Josh Huff. 

White impressed at UB with his hires of Lance Leipold, who won 109 games in Division III, as football head coach and Bobby Hurley, the NCAA's all-time assists leader, as men's basketball head coach. White's hire of Frost has been well received as the coach was considered a rising star in college football. 

It was widely speculated and reported this weekend that UCF had a deal in place with Bowling Green head coach Dino Babers, but Babers denied those rumors on Twitter Sunday. Bowling Green plays in the Mid-American Conference with Buffalo. 

Frost will inherit an offense that ranked near the bottom of the FBS rankings in yards per game (268.4) and scoring (13.9 points per game). The team recently finished this season 0-12.

UCF will introduce Frost Wednesday.

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