The first day of Scott Frost’s tenure as Central Florida head coach began Wednesday.

That doesn’t necessarily mean his three-year stay as Oregon’s offensive coordinator is over.

At his introductory news conference Wednesday in Orlando, Frost called resuscitating the Knights after an 0-12 season “my priority,” one that began by meeting players and current UCF assistant coaches within the first 24 hours of being announced as head coach. Frost, 40, is a first-time head coach after three seasons running Oregon’s high-powered offense, and four seasons before that coaching UO receivers.

But Frost left it unclear whether he, UO coach Mark Helfrich or someone else would call plays in Oregon’s bowl game. The Ducks (9-3) will learn their postseason destination Sunday.

“I haven’t talked too much with Danny (White, UCF’s athletic director) or coach Helfrich back at Oregon about those types of situations,” Frost said. “This is my priority that I need to be working on making sure that this team can accomplish all it possibly can. Recruiting is obviously one of the first things I need to get started with. We haven’t really talked through those things in detail.”

It is not uncommon for coordinators to take head-coaching jobs while finishing out the season with their old team. The most recent example is Tom Herman, who called plays for Ohio State during its run to the 2015 College Football Playoff national championship several weeks after Houston hired him.

Frost will earn $1.7 million guaranteed each season on his five-year contract, not including incentives. After two years on the job, UCF will review Frost’s performance and can extend the deal two more years, according to a memorandum of understanding between Frost and UCF.

Oregon’s timeline for hiring an offensive coordinator is unclear, though a source told The Oregonian/OregonLive that it could be “days, not weeks.”

“Oregon’s proven track record of success and unique situation have led to many high quality candidates expressing their interest (in the offensive coordinator job),” Helfrich said in a statement released Tuesday night.

Frost indicated that last December, he turned down a head coaching offer that would have required him to leave Oregon one week before playing in the playoff semifinal at the Rose Bowl.

“I care too much about the players that I coach to do something like that to them,” he said. “This year shaped out a little bit different. When this opportunity arose this is the best opportunity that I’ve been given in regards to a head coaching opportunity.”

The Ducks appear to have three realistic bowl destinations in play. First is the Rose Bowl, should Stanford win the Pac-12 Conference championship Saturday and move up into the playoff’s four-team field. The Rose Bowl would then choose a replacement and is expected to use CFP rankings of remaining Pac-12 teams as its criteria.

Because Oregon finished the regular season with the second-best conference record at 7-2, it most likely will play in the Jan. 2 Alamo Bowl, yet the destination is no guarantee as the Alamo has the freedom to pick its Pac-12 representative that is within one win or loss in the standings from Oregon. That means if USC upsets Stanford in the Pac-12 title game and the Trojans head to the Rose Bowl, the Alamo Bowl could choose the Cardinal (8-1) while Oregon is bumped to the Holiday Bowl in San Diego.

Whoever is calling plays for the Ducks in their bowl, the offense will be model of what Frost hopes to replicate at Central Florida.

“I’ll bring the whole playbook,” Frost said. “We play fast but we play efficiently and the things our kids will have to learn make sense and they’re fairly easy to pick up. I told the team earlier today if they’ll buy into the process it’s a proven process that I’ve seen work.”

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John Canzano’s column on the hiring

Austin Meek’s column on Frost’s hiring

ESPN still picks Oregon to return to San Antonio for the bowl

— Andrew Greif
agreif@oregonian.com
@andrewgreif

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