Even though the promotion of Scott Frost to offensive coordinator and the hiring of two great assistants from outside the program have quickly become old news, it’s a good time to consider just how fortunate the Ducks have been in this coaching transition. Let’s face it — it had the potential to turn turbulent, and the most likely place where the dam might have burst had to be with Scott Frost, an assistant high on the list of every college head coach looking for an offensive coordinator. Frost has made a name for himself as a talented offensive mind. He has been instrumental in the success of the highly-touted Ducks offense during his tenure. And his acceptance of the offensive coordinator position at Oregon has been possibly even MORE instrumental in the continuity of the Oregon coaching staff.
Most fans know that he originally joined the coaching staff in 2009 as the wide receivers coach and that in his first season, he took the most inexperienced unit and turned them into one of the major contributing position groups ever since. But for those who don’t know it, here’s some history on what a standout career he has had and what his retention means to the Ducks.
As a collegiate standout, Scott Frost began his college career at Stanford before transferring to Nebraska at the end of the 1994 season. As the starting quarterback of the 1996 season, Frost guided the Cornhuskers to an 11-2 record. In 1997, Frost led the University of Nebraska to a 13-0 record and the National Championship in Tom Osborne’s final game as head coach and earned second-team All-Big-12 honors as well. After major college athletic success, he spent six seasons in the NFL as a defensive back with the Jets, Browns, Packers, and Bucs before embarking into a coaching career.
Frost has been educated by some of the legendary football coaching minds of all time, including Bill Walsh (while at Stanford), Tom Osborne, and Bill Parcels. He holds an exceptional array of experience as an outstanding collegiate quarterback combined with a coaching background that consists of special teams and a stint as defensive coordinator at Northern Iowa. Frost has seen it all. Will he bring this program the same success he did as a leading contributor of the Nebraska dynasty? The verdict is still out, but with a returning All-PAC QB who can really wing it, early indications that the Ducks may be headed toward more passing, and the recent verbal commitment of higly regarded wide receiver Devon Allen all bode well.