Florida “won” the coaching carousel in 2017, landing Dan Mullen to potentially overhaul what has been a fledgling offense in recent years. However, Tennessee continues to flail aimlessly in the program’s search for a new head coach and some of that consternation could have potentially been avoided if not for missteps in pursuit of UCF head coach Scott Frost.
Mitch Sherman of ESPN detailed just how Nebraska was able to land Frost as its next head coach and, while the entire thing is certainly worth a full read, his insight (through the prism of Nebraska AD Bill Moos) on the strikeout by both Florida and Tennessee is interesting.
Moos watched as Florida and Tennessee pursued candidates, including Frost. “Nagging and hounding,” as Moos described it.
“I could sense and knew through Matt (Davison),” Moos said, “that did not resonate with Scott.”
Davison is a close confidant of Frost’s and he is detailed throughout the story. As noted above, Florida isn’t exactly kicking itself at this stage, as the Gators were able to lure Dan Mullen away from Mississippi State and pick up a respected mind. Still, Frost was arguably the most interesting candidate on the market and, aside from the alma mater connection, there was little reason for him to choose Nebraska ahead of an appeal from Gainesville.
Everything is revisionist at this point but Scott Frost just may have been elsewhere if other programs handled the process with less “nagging and hounding” in the recruiting process.