To call this season a successful one for UCF, all they need to do is NOT lose Scott Frost.
That's right, and that's all. I'm sure some of you are saying "Wow, you're standards are incredibly low"...Nay. They're incredibly high. Let's be honest here, UCF isn't ready to set the world on fire, and Scott Frost is still in the infancy of building what he's trying to build here. So sure, we could sit here and say we'd love UCF to win 8 games and go on to show themselves well at the Boca Raton Bowl, but who really cares? Scott Frost obviously has whatever "it" is when it comes to being a top-notch college football coach in today's sports landscape. It doesn't matter what UCF does this year, if Frost jumps ship at the end of the season the Knights are screwed...And let's also not pretend like that's not possible.
UCF knows it too. Why else would you extend the contract of a coach who won 6 games the year prior and got smacked around in a lower level bowl game? They're playing some smart defense against those Power 5 schools that often poach the top coaches in the American Athletic Conference. Are you still not buying in? Read this passage from Adam Rittenberg's May article @ ESPN.com:
"After last season, the AAC saw coaches leave for Texas (Houston's Tom Herman), Oregon (South Florida's Willie Taggart) and Baylor (Temple's Rhule). The year before, Justin Fuente parlayed two strong seasons at Memphis into the Virginia Tech job. Three of the past four Houston coaches went to Baylor, Texas A&M and Texas. Three of Cincinnati's past four coaches advanced to Michigan State, Notre Dame and Tennessee. The past three Temple coaches moved to Power 5 jobs."
Like it or not, the AAC has become the breeding ground for great coaches, and great coaches always end up inside the Power 5. So as much as I'd love to see UCF win a bunch of games this year, I'd forgo that to see Scott Frost continue as UCF's HC going into the 2018 season.
For more on this, catch Open Mike tomorrow from 6-9am w/ Mike Bianchi & Brandon Kravitz.
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