Scott Frost signed a memorandum of understanding outlining his agreement to become Nebraska's head football coach on Nov. 27, according to NU athletic director Bill Moos.
For days after that, though, he struggled with the decision to leave his Central Florida team for his alma mater.
"The fact that he’s really loyal to his players was a major stumbling block," his college coach and Nebraska legend Tom Osborne said Sunday, adding that the two talked on the phone often. "He was really torn right up until the end, but in a way, that’s a good thing, because lots of coaches will say, ‘Well, they’re going to pay me some money and it’s a bigger school so I’m just taking off and the heck with everybody else.’ But the fact that he was torn, to me, is a positive thing.
"That was the hardest thing for him, was to get over that hurdle, and I can understand why.”
Said Frost, "Obviously, I was very interested in this job. I talked to Bill — I think the last week of the season or the second-to-last week of the season — for the first time. I didn’t make a decision to come here until this past week. I wanted to give everything I could to honor my players at UCF and make sure that I was giving them 100 percent of my effort, and it worked out really well. But I’m glad I made this decision and I’m looking forward to it.”
The memorandum was signed Monday, and Frost said he put all of his time and energy into preparing the Knights for the American Athletic Conference title game — they defeated No. 20 Memphis 62-55 in double-overtime — but he didn't finally have peace with the decision until late in the week.
He didn't tell his team about his decision until a team meeting a couple of hours after Saturday's win.
"That’s absolutely true," he said. "Any time you’re going to make a tough decision, it’s hard to make. Listen, I didn’t get engaged until I was 41 years old, so, obviously, I have trouble making decisions. I knew this was the right move, I knew this is where I wanted to be.
"It’s hard to move when you had a baby three weeks ago, and it’s hard to leave a situation like we had because an undefeated team doesn’t come around very often, and there was a lot of special things about where I was. But this is where I want to be, looking forward to doing the same things here."