Scott Frost anticipates coaching undefeated UCF in Peach Bowl against Auburn

Scott Frost coached UCF to an undefeated season and conference championship.

LINCOLN — Nothing is official yet, but Scott Frost anticipates spending New Year’s Day coaching his former Central Florida team one more time.

Nebraska’s new coach said Sunday he would like to help UCF prepare for Auburn in the Peach Bowl, set to kick at 11:30 a.m. Jan. 1 from Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta. Ideally, that won’t interfere with his duties with the Huskers.

“I don’t want to leave the players down there without a coach,” Frost said of the 12-0 Knights. “They deserve to have the best chance they possibly can, especially in a bowl game that they qualified for. If it all works out, I’d love to go back and help those kids one more time.

“It’s a unique, special group down there that we all feel very strongly about.”

Frost said he made no stipulation with Nebraska about coaching in the bowl game.

The dead period for recruiting high school players begins Dec. 18 and runs through Jan. 11. The early signing period is from Dec. 20 to 22, with the traditional one Feb. 7.

“(Bowl work) coincides with recruiting, so hopefully we can get some recruiting done and get back down there if it all works out,” Frost said. “Then we can get back on the road up here.”

The plan echoes what UCF Athletic Director Dan White said Saturday.

“His mind is very focused on preparing this team to compete in the bowl,” White said of Frost then, adding that offensive coordinator Troy Walters would serve as the interim head coach.

The situation isn’t unprecedented at Nebraska. After being hired as head coach in December 2007, Bo Pelini still worked the sidelines as defensive coordinator for LSU in the national title game before shifting his focus entirely to his new job.