DALLAS (FWAA) – It took Scott Frost
only two seasons to turn what was a winless UCF team into an unbeaten
one. For finishing a complete turnaround this season that includes
a conference championship and a New Year's Day bowl bid, Frost earned
the 2017 Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year Award,
the association and the Allstate Sugar Bowl announced Thursday.
(12-0) was the only unbeaten team in the Football Bowl Subdivision
in the regular season, and will meet Auburn (10-3) in the Chick-fil-A
Peach Bowl on New Year's Day. Five days later he will return to
Atlanta to be honored as the FWAA's coach of the year. It will be
Frost's final game at UCF before taking over as head coach at his
alma mater, Nebraska. As a senior quarterback, Frost helped lead
the Cornhuskers to a perfect 13-0 record and a national championship
"Scott Frost is one of the up-and-coming coaches in college football,"
said 2017 FWAA President Dave Jones of the PA Media Group. "What
he did at UCF was nothing short of remarkable in just two seasons."
In conjunction with presenting sponsor, the Allstate Sugar Bowl,
the Football Writers Association of America selected Frost over
seven other finalists: Bill Clark of UAB; Lane Kiffin of Florida
Atlantic; Jeff Monken of Army; Lincoln Riley of Oklahoma; Kirby
Smart of Georgia; Dabo Swinney of Clemson; and Jeff Tedford of Fresno
Frost became the first coach whose school is not currently among
the Power Five conferences to win the FWAA Coach of the Year Award
since Air Force's Fisher DeBerry in 1985.
"The Allstate Sugar Bowl is proud to be able to honor Coach Robinson,
a Louisiana legend, by sponsoring this award," said Stanley Cohn,
the President of the Allstate Sugar Bowl Committee. "I would also
like to congratulate Scott Frost on earning this honor. To take
a team that was winless two years ago all the way to an undefeated
season and the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl is a very impressive feat.
We look forward to officially presenting the trophy to him in Atlanta
The official presentation will be on Jan. 6, 2018, at the Sheraton
Atlanta Hotel where Frost will be handed the Eddie Robinson Coach
of the Year bust during a reception in conjunction with the College
Football Playoff National Championship.
The season prior to Frost's arrival in Orlando from his post
as Oregon's offensive coordinator, the Knights were 0-12. In Frost's
first season in 2016, the Knights finished 6-7 and played in the
AutoNation Cure Bowl in Orlando after making dramatic improvements
on offense and defense.
That set the stage for 2017 and the Knights' undefeated run to
win the American Athletic Conference title. UCF led the FBS in scoring
(49.4 points per game) with its "UCFast" offense and was tied for
second in the country in turnover margin (plus-1.25 per game).
"I'm very proud of what this group of student-athletes and coaches
has accomplished during my tenure at UCF," Frost said last week.
"The Knights should be in the conversation for the American Athletic
Conference championship year in and year out. UCF should be a Top
25 program year in and year out. I believe this program is well
on its way to establishing that level of success.
"The next head coach at UCF is inheriting an incredible group
of young men and is more fortunate than he probably knows to be
working at this place."
The FWAA has presented a coaching award since the 1957 season
when Ohio State's Woody Hayes was named the first recipient. The
FWAA coaching award is named after the late Robinson, a coaching
legend at Grambling State University for 55 seasons.
Robinson, who passed away in 2007, won 70.7 percent of his games
during his illustrious career. Robinson's teams won or tied for
17 Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) championships after joining
the league in 1959. His Tigers won nine Black College Football Championships
during his career spent all at the same school.
The Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year Award is a member of the
National College Football Awards Association (NCFAA),
which encompasses the most prestigious awards in college football.
Founded in 1997, the NCFAA and its 24 awards now boast over 800
recipients, dating to 1935. Visit ncfaa.org to learn more about
The Football Writers Association of America,
a non-profit organization founded in 1941, consists of more than
1,300 men and women who cover college football. The membership includes
journalists, broadcasters and publicists, as well as key executives
in all the areas that involve the game. The FWAA works to govern
areas that include game day operations, major awards and its annual
All-America team. For more information about the FWAA and its award
programs, contact Steve Richardson at email@example.com or 214-870-6516.
The Allstate Sugar Bowl has established itself
as one of the premier college football bowl games, having hosted
27 national champions, 92 Hall of Fame players, 48 Hall of Fame
coaches and 17 Heisman Trophy winners in its 83-year history. The
84th Allstate Sugar Bowl Football Classic, which will double as
a College Football Playoff Semifinal, will be played on January
1, 2018. In addition to football, the Sugar Bowl Committee annually
invests over $1.6 million into the community through the hosting
and sponsorship of sporting events, awards and clinics. Through
these efforts, the organization supports and honors nearly 100,000
student-athletes each year, while injecting more than $2.5 billion
into the local economy in the last decade. For more information,
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