Nebraska football: What UCF’s hiring of Josh Heupel means for the Huskers

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Nebraska football head coach Scott Frost
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Josh Heupel’s loss might be the Nebraska football team’s gain.

Now that Troy Walters has officially been ruled out as head coach for the UCF Knights, it seems likely he’ll be joining Scott Frost as part of the Nebraska football coaching staff. While it’s always possible Walters could be offered a spot on Josh Heupel’s staff it seems unlikely they could offer the same kind of pay.

All of the former UCF coaches have gotten a rather significant pay raise by coming to the Huskers. The hiring of Heupel could end up being a good one, but it also seems to be one predicated on the fact that Danny White cannot pay the same kind of salaries as Power 5 teams.

There is no guarantee of course that money will be the driving factor here. Perhaps Walters isn’t looking to pick up and leave Florida.

Frost is someone who likes to call his own plays. It’s not clear whether Heupel will continue to call plays as a head coach, or whether he might turn those duties over to someone else.

If Walters wants to take the next step in his career, he might stick around at UCF. He would have to be offered first. At the moment it appears like he could be headed to Lincoln to join his old staffmates on the Nebraska football team and leave Josh Heupel in the dust.