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Scott Frost named Coach of Year

By The Sports Xchange
Scott Frost named Coach of Year
Former Central Florida coach Scott Frost paces the sidelinesduring the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl against Auburn on Jan. 1. Frost accepted the coaching post at Nebraska. Photo by David Tulis/UPI | License Photo

Scott Frost was named the Bear Bryant Coach of the Year recipient, marking his fifth major national coach of the year award.

The current Nebraska coach led Central Florida to a 13-0 record and a 34-27 victory over Auburn in the Peach Bowl on Jan. 1. The impressive turnaround came on the heels of taking over a Knights club that posted an 0-12 mark the year before his arrival.

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"It's an honor," said Frost, who is first person since former Boise State coach Chris Petersen in 2009 to win the award with a non-Power 5 program.

"Obviously (Bear Bryant) is one of the greats. This is a team award. I'm just happy to represent the players and coaches that had such a phenomenal year."

Frost was also awarded coach of the year honors from the American Football Coaches Association, Home Depot (as part of the Home Depot College Football Awards), the Football Writers Association of America and the Associated Press.

The 43-year-old Frost posted a 19-7 mark in two seasons at Central Florida before accepting the head-coaching position at his alma mater, Nebraska, on Dec. 2. Frost won a national championship with the Cornhuskers as a player in 1997.

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Scott replaced Mike Riley, who was fired as Nebraska's head coach following a 4-8 season, including 3-6 in the Big Ten.

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