Scott Frost

UCF coach Scott Frost, linebacker Shaquem Griffin and quarterback McKenzie Milton (10) celebrate with the trophy at the conclusion of the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl. The Knights defeated Auburn 34-27 in Frost's final game with the program.

Scott Frost appeared on ESPN on Sunday morning and said he would support an expansion of the College Football Playoff.

Frost, of course, led Central Florida to a 13-0 season and a Peach Bowl win over Auburn on New Year's Day. The Knights never rose higher than No. 12 in the CFP poll, though, meaning they were never a serious threat to make the four-team field.

"I'd love to see it go to eight," Frost said Sunday from Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, where UCF beat the Tigers and in the city where Frost on Saturday night accepted the Eddie Robinson National Coach of the Year award. "I think eight could include five conference champions and three at-large teams, and if one of the Group of Five teams has a season like we had at UCF, then maybe they deserve to get in. I heard (Alabama head coach Nick) Saban say, 'I like any sport where things are decided on the field and are not subjective.'"

UCF, led by athletic director Danny White, is claiming the 2017 national championship and held a parade at Disney World on Sunday afternoon. There will also be a pep rally and free block party in downtown Orlando on Monday night, and the school plans to raise a championship banner at Spectrum Stadium, pay coaches championship bonuses and give players championship rings.

As for the discussion around the Knights and the playoff system, Frost said he thinks it's a good thing.

"I think it's healthy," he said. "There's been change in the way college football has crowned the national championship and I think any time a situation like this arises, it's healthy to have a conversation about if we're doing things the right way and if more changes need to happen."

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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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