UCF Football OC Troy Walters, Recruiting Coordinator Sean Beckton to Join Scott Frost at Nebraska

WALTERS TO CONTINUE PREPARING KNIGHTS FOR THE PEACH BOWL

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Scott Frost has brought the two remaining coaches from UCF's 2017 staff, Troy Walters and Sean Beckton, to Nebraska. (Photo: Derek Warden)

The UCF Football team didn’t lose a game 2017. But they have now lost their entire coaching staff from this season.

Offensive coordinator Troy Walters and tight ends coach/recruiting coordinator Sean Beckton were the two coaches who remained with the Knights following Scott Frost’s departure to Nebraska. On Thursday, new UCF head coach Josh Heupel said both Walters and Beckton will also join Frost.

Walters posted this on Twitter about 90 minutes later:

Walters was UCF’s offensive coordinator for two seasons and was named interim head coach after Frost resigned Saturday. According to Shannon Green of the Orlando Sentinel, Walters will remain in that role as the Knights prepare to face the Auburn Tigers in the Peach Bowl on Jan. 1. Walters interviewed for the head coaching vacancy but lost out to Heupel.

UCFSports’ Brandon Helwig reports that Heupel offered Beckton a substantial raise — from $240,000 to $350,000. But Beckton, a UCF Athletics Hall of Famer and a Knights coach for 19 seasons, decided to take the $400,000 offered by Frost and, more importantly, the comfort of familiarity.

The recruiting impact of today’s news has yet to be felt, but there have been some responses from current UCF players.

Freshman running back Otis Anderson offered up the Twitter equivalent of a “no comment”:

Freshman wide receiver Marlon Williams expressed his gratitude:

Freshman linebacker Dedrion Bacote:

Sophomore wide receiver Dredrick Snelson seemingly hinted at transferring at first as he tweeted out, “I pray they understand that it’s nothing personal and that I’m just doing what’s best for me.”

That statement was then deleted. Snelson reaffirmed his commitment to UCF a couple of hours later:

The plan remains for Frost and all of the now ex-UCF coaches to return and coach the team during the bowl game. However, that is only the plan right now; it hasn’t been confirmed. Athletics Director Danny White said Tuesday, “We’ll make a final determination later this week.”

Frost also commented on the Peach Bowl situation today before being named the Home Depot Coach of the Year:

As for what the Knights do for the future beyond Jan. 1, expect some more coaching news very soon.

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