Famous for his tenure as the head football coach of the University of Central Florida Knights, who he led to a perfect regular season in 2017. He had previously served as offensive coordinator for the University of Oregon Ducks under Mark Helfrich, and Chip Kelly.
He played his first two years of college football for the Stanford Cardinal. He would later graduate from the University of Nebraska, where he finished his career as a Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award finalist.
Following his perfect 2017 regular season with UCF, he became the rumored head coaching replacement for his alma mater Nebraska. He was a third round NFL draft pick by the New York Jets in 1998, where he played safety and special teams.
He was originally born and raised in Wood River, Nebraska.
He started at quarterback for the 1997 Nebraska Cornhuskers team coached by Tom Osborne that shared the national championship.