UCF Head Coach Scott Frost has signed a contract extension through the 2021 season. He will now make $2 million annually, a raise of $300,000 per year. There’s also more money for assistant coaches now - the salary pool for them increased by $50,000 to $2.35 million in total.
Frost’s original contract contained an option for an extension following a 24-month review. His deal would have expired after the 2020 season.
UCF’s press release has all the typical nice sentiments from Frost . . .
"I am thrilled to have the opportunity to continue building a winning culture and a winning football program at UCF," Frost said. "Ashley and I feel like we have found a home in Orlando and with the UCF community. I look forward to an extended tenure of creating a football program that matches the vision of university leadership, including President Hitt and Danny White. I thank them for their confidence and bold vision. My staff and I will endeavor to continue making Knight fans proud. Charge On!"
. . . and from Athletic Director Danny White:
"I couldn't be more proud to work with Scott Frost as we build a nationally-competitive football program, representing UCF and our community across the country," White said. "In my view, the turnaround he led has been nothing short of phenomenal. To that end, we remain incredibly excited about the direction of our football program under Coach Frost's leadership. Successful programs are built around consistency and continuity. As such, I am absolutely thrilled that Scott sees the vast potential of UCF and is committed to our bright future. 'Orlando's Hometown Team' is growing quickly and it's going to be an awesome ride!"
It will of course be a huge surprise if Frost stays at UCF for the duration of his contract. In his first season at UCF, Frost engineered a turnaround from 2015’s winless slog to a bowl game and an ultimate 6-7 record. It was a tremendous turnaround, and probably every Knights fan’s favorite losing season. Frost reeled in an impressive first recruiting class in 2016 (given what he had to work with) with numerous players who contributed immediately. This year’s recruiting class was the best of any non-Power Five school. Future success appears likely and would make Frost an attractive target for other schools.
His buy-out is the lesser of: (1) one half of the guaranteed salary for the remaining term or (2) $3 million.