Did Syracuse low-ball Scott Frost?

Oregon offensive coordinator Scott Frost is set to be the next head coach at Central Florida, but was also in the running for the opening at Syracuse.

According to a report from Andrew Greif of The Oregonian, Frost was offered a deal from the Orange that would have paid him $1.2 million a year, but spurned it for UCF.

“Over the weekend Syracuse — whose athletic director had been at Boise State in 2013 — offered the job to Frost with a starting figure close to $1.2 million, according to a source who spoke on the condition of anonymity. The figure is in line with the salary fired Orange coach Scott Shafer earned this year. Frost wanted to keep his options open, however, and quickly received an offer from Central Florida.”

Considering how Frost was the wide receivers coach under Chip Kelly at Oregon and then got promoted to offensive coordinator once his predecessor Mark Helfrich succeeded Kelly, $1.2 million is definitely a low offer for someone of Frost’s caliber. On top of that, Syracuse’s football program is in such a state that a big-name hire is absolutely necessary, and with a big-name hire comes big money.

Frost is just that, but AD Mark Coyle opted to offer him a deal one would expect a mid-tier coordinator looking for their first head coaching job to receive. Frost is someone who, at UCF, will be welcomed with open arms and immediately be considered a savior unless the Knights go winless once again. Should he succeed there, he’ll immediately become a top candidate at plenty of other significant programs.

Thus, though Frost is only making $1.7 million at UCF, that’s still a pretty decent offer considering the program. Syracuse is a much bigger name and if reports of that offer are true, shame on Coyle.

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