Scott Frost’s whirlwind month as coach for both UCF and Nebraska mercifully ending with Peach Bowl | Washington Post

As a director of operations for a collegiate team, helping the coaching staff make travel plans is often part of the deal. Now, yes, I imagine that Nebraska is probably not hurting when it comes to private air transportation, but you’ve got to think that Scott Frost‘s Director of Operations has his hands full. He’s not only helping to coordinate travel for the University of Central Florida and their bowl matchup against Auburn, but Scott Frost and much of his staff (all of whom are going with him to Nebraska) are tasked with making key recruiting visits for the Huskers. Kudos to Gerrod Lambrecht and the entire support staff for making this all come together. Sleep is probably at a premium right now.

By Ray Glier December 31, 2017

ATLANTA — Scott Frost’s moonlighting will end Monday around 4 p.m. when the scoreboard clock strikes 0:00 in the Peach Bowl. For the past month, Frost’s day job has been coach of the No. 12 University of Central Florida football team, scheming to beat No. 7 Auburn. By night, he has been the coach of Nebraska, recruiting and planning how to get the once lordly Cornhuskers back on the rails.

Frost has decamped in seven states and four time zones and changed between two sets of attire — black and gold for the UCF Knights and red and white for the Cornhuskers.

Frost’s trek — an amicable, seamless partnership between the two schools — has turned upside down, for a month at least, the view of today’s multibillion-dollar college football industry in which give-me-more coaches, agents, administrators, television executives and concessionaires all seem determined to get a fan’s last dollar.

“I’m very surprised, I’m not going to lie to you, because it’s hard to manage two teams and keep your heart in two teams,” UCF junior defensive back Tre Neal said when first asked whether he thought Frost could pull off splitting his time and attention.

“The bond he had with us is special.”

Two hours after Frost and UCF won the American Athletic Conference championship game Dec. 2 to go 12-0, it was announced he would be the coach at his alma mater, Nebraska, which he quarterbacked to a share of the national championship in 1997. Frost, 42, recruited many of the players on the UCF roster, but he was their coach for just two seasons before a seven-year, $35 million deal lured him away.

Soon, Frost was running back to get the Knights prepared for the Peach Bowl against Auburn (10-3). It is the most important game in the history of the UCF program. Frost and his assistant coaches, all of whom are moving with him to Nebraska, did not miss a UCF bowl practice.

“It’s been pretty amazing what he’s been able to do,” linebacker Pat Jasinski said. “Other coaches get up and leave, but to have these guys there for bowl prep every step of the way was pretty amazing. We knew they were flying back after recruiting and going to sleep at 3 [a.m.] and then be at the practice early in the morning.

“Some of them looked a little rough, but there was no letdown at practice. It was the same energy. It was hard to tell they were coming off a couple of hours of sleep. They were still getting after it.”

Gerrod Lambrecht, Frost’s director of football operations who has known the coach since they were teenagers in Wood River, Neb., lost track of the up-and-downs Frost had in airplanes. This was the first year high school players could sign with colleges in December instead of February, and there was no time to lose if the Cornhuskers were going to salvage a recruiting class.

There was one particularly grueling 24 hours spanning Dec. 12-13. Frost worked out his team in Orlando; attended a bowl news conference; flew to Nebraska for a recruiting visit; then flew to Fresno, Calif., for another recruiting visit; and flew back across the country to Orlando, arriving in the wee hours of the morning so he could be back for UCF practice that day.

Frost walked out onto the practice field that morning and vomited. Somewhere in the 5,280 miles he covered, the coach had come down with a stomach bug.

When practice was over, the staff met, then Frost got back on the plane and flew to Lincoln for a recruiting event. He was back in Orlando the next morning and at practice.

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