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New Nebraska coach Frost not abandoning UCF for Peach Bowl

Olivia Stacey

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Scott Frost is following through on his commitment to coach UCF in the Peach Bowl against Auburn.

The new Nebraska coach returned to Orlando on Tuesday with the rest of his staff — to formally accept UCF’s invitation to the Jan. 1 bowl game in Atlanta.

Frost resigned from UCF shortly after the Knights won the American Athletic Conference championship to accept the head coaching position at his alma mater Nebraska.

“Our No. 1 priority has been and always will be the players we’re coaching and the whole staff knows it’s not ideal circumstances but our staff feels like we need to be 100 percent dialed in and committed,” Frost said. “We’re going to be as committed or more committed since there was a change.”

UCF interim head coach Troy Walters was expected to handle media obligations, however, it was back to business as usual for Frost.

It’s unusual to divide coaching responsibilities between two schools, and Frost did not detail how the logistics would work. However, he reaffirmed his commitment to lead the Knights from the sideline for one last time.

“There’s some unusual circumstances but we’re gonna handle this as we would any bowl game of this type,” Frost said. “Our staff is completely committed and we’re going to do everything we can for this football team.”

Frost and his staff returned to Orlando on Monday night after recruiting for Nebraska, and they will remain with UCF until Thursday to lead the Knights through practice.

“These players have poured their hearts out to try to accomplish a lot this year and it’s a group that’s special in a lot of ways,” Frost said. “… There’s been a lot of circumstances swirling around this season and they’ve been tough to navigate but the guys have done an unbelievable job with that. They’ve earned the right to play in this game and have this opportunity.

“I’m grateful that we have the chance to give them the best possible chance that they have to put on a good show in Atlanta and hopefully to win a football game.”

Olivia is a multi-faceted sports reporter based in Tampa Bay where she has covered events from the College Football National Championship to the Stanley Cup Final. A native Floridian, she grew up rooting for Tampa’s sports teams, and graduated from East Lake High in Tarpon Springs. Olivia continued her education at the University of Florida where she received her broadcast journalism degree.

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