UCF's Frost promises to bring exciting brand of offense

UCF new head NCAA college football coach Scott Frost, left, shakes hands with athletic director Danny White at an introductory news conference in Orlando, Fla., Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2015. (Joshua C. Cruey/Orlando Sentinel via AP) MAGS OUT; NO SALES; MANDATORY CREDIT

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Central Florida athletic director Danny White signed agreed to a contract amendment this week and reaffirmed a long-term commitment to the school in a university news release. 

He now has a five-year contract that automatically renews on the anniversary of his hire date. It's the latest step the school has taken to try to continue its upward trend and retain sought-after talent like White and football coach Scott Frost.

"Shawn and I are committed to UCF and Orlando," White said, referring to his wife. "We absolutely love it here and I believe, with confidence, that I have the best AD job in the nation. I've said since I got here that our goal is to build a Top 25 intercollegiate athletics program. I believe we are well on our way to doing that, and it's going to be a fun ride! UCF Athletics is going to be a powerhouse in the world of college athletics and I couldn't be more excited to lead this department into what is sure to be a very bright future."

White oversees an athletic department that is highlighted by Frost's undefeated Knights football team. 

UCF is ranked No. 15 in the latest College Football Poll. 

Frost is considered one of the most sought-after coaching candidates in a year when there are already five Power Five jobs open -- Oregon State, Ole Miss, Florida, Tennessee and UCLA -- and more expected to come open soon. A Houston Chronicle report says Texas A&M is set to fire Kevin Sumlin after Saturday's game against LSU and coaches like Nebraska's Mike Riley and Arkansas' Bret Bielema are commonly thought to be on the way out, as well. 

UCF has made other moves in trying to fight to keep Frost around as well, as it earlier in the fall announced plans to raise $1.5 million per year for five years to a Football Excellence Foundation. 

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Parker joined the Journal Star as the University of Nebraska football beat writer in August 2017. He previously covered Montana State athletics for the Bozeman Daily Chronicle and graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 2012.

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