UCF is targeting former Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin as the university’s next head football coach, according to ESPN’s sources.
The Knights are looking to replace Scott Frost, who Saturday announced that he had accepted the position at Nebraska, his alma mater, after UCF beat Memphis in double overtime during the American Athletic Conference championship.
Frost led the Knights to a perfect regular season prior to winning the championship title Saturday.
UCF’s interest in Sumlin was first reported by CBS Tampa, along with news that the former Texan and the Knights may have already been negotiating a deal, according to ESPN.
ESPN reported Sunday that a source told them contact with Sumlin would be “imminent” if it hadn’t already happened.
Sumlin’s 51-26 run at Texas A&M ended last week when he was fired, wrapping up his sixth season at the university.
ESPN reported that Sumlin, who is 86-43 overall as a head coach, also had talks with the University of Tennessee last week about its head-coaching opening.
Sources said UCF is also expected to consider Troy Walters, the team’s offensive coordinator and current interim coach, for the open spot, according to ESPN.
UCF Athletic Director Danny White said Saturday that Frost still planned to coach the Knights in the upcoming bowl game New Year’s Day.