In this era of college football, big money is paid to coaches who have a proven track record of success. Head coach Scott Frost falls into in that category.
Although he’s never served in a head coach position, his accomplishments at Nebraska, Kansas State, Northern Iowa and Oregon have earned him high praise and recognition throughout the football community.
However, it’s come into question whether Frost is worthy of the $1.7 million base salary he was given for coming to lead the Knights.
To put it in perspective, George O’Leary was set to make $1.89 million last season, according to a USA Today report of college coaches’ salaries in 2015.
It was also reported by FootballScoop.com that Frost was offered a higher salary by UCF, but wanted a larger pool of money to hire his staff. He was given $2.3 million to hire assistant coaches and staff for the coming season, according to the Memorandum of Understanding between Frost and UCF.
Frost isn’t exactly unproven as a coach either. He has been coaching ever since he retired from his days spent playing on the field, and has coached with great success.
Most notably is his success with the Oregon Ducks as the offensive coordinator where he helped develop Marcus Mariota, the 2014 Heisman Trophy winner and current Tennessee Titans quarterback.
There have also been questions about the length of the contract that Frost was given.
In Frost’s contract, he agreed to a five-year deal with an option for a two-year extension after a 24-month review at the discretion of the UCF Athletics Association.
The objective in hiring a new coach is almost always to get a coach who will remain with an organization for a substantial amount of time.
Another factor in play for hiring the former offensive coordinator was the interest of other colleges in Frost as their head coach. Syracuse University was a school that was highly interested in hiring Frost, and speculation was that he might end up coaching the Orange in the Atlantic Coast Conference.
It was reported by Mike McAllister of CuseNation.com that Syracuse had offered Frost $1.8 to $2 million. The aforementioned reports were not confirmed and when asked, Frost declined to comment out of courtesy for the programs he spoke to.
Though those reports were not confirmed, they might explain the amount of money that Frost was offered to coach here in Orlando.
With the way things went with UCF’s football team in 2015, it was clear that there needed to be a different direction taken when selecting a new head coach.
Getting a highly sought after coach and a plethora of assistants who can help with recruiting is vital to the football program’s resurgence in 2016.
Whether or not that revival happens in 2016, underpaying a coach in hopes of rebuilding a 0-12 program does not sound like a plausible strategy.
Matthew Saunders is a Digital Producer for the Central Florida Future. Follow him on Twitter at @ClassicSmit or email him at MatthewS@CentralFloridaFuture.com