Back in late September, the prospect of Scott Frost being the head coach of Nebraska football was one that, admittedly, I wasn’t very eager to entertain. Getting ready to push a coach out after two years is a pretty bad look, but by the time Mike Riley’s third season ended, that’s just the way it had to be. Be mad at the guy if you want, he admitted things didn’t go the way he wanted.
Anyway, I feel it’s important that opinions should be open to debate and when fresh information is brought to the table, perhaps they can be changed.
This happened over the course of the past few months and, as such, I am fully on board with Head Coach Scott Frost.
To explain why, though, let me educate my past self.
I detailed how recruiting would take a hit and, to an extent, it has. While you’re probably not going to see Bookie Radley-Hiles in scarlet and cream, Frost and Co. have gone out and offered tremendous athletes mere hours after the announcement of the new head man’s hire.
The Calibraska movement that frustrates Pac-12 coaches, Keyshawn Sr.’s influence (he wears Nebraska gear at every opportunity), the expansion of the Nebraska recruiting footprint — all of it is dead on arrival the very moment Riley is fired.
Well now, ease up there, Hoss. Keyshawn Johnson, Sr. wasn’t very happy with Riley’s release. However, he seems to have warmed up to the idea of Frost coaching his son should he choose to return to Nebraska which looks like the plan at the moment. It’s important to note that Frost’s very first offer as Nebraska head coach was to four-star dual-threat quarterback Adrian Martinez, a native of Fresno, Calif.
I then mentioned difficulty that Nebraska would have making in-roads back into Oklahoma and Texas. Well, good news as running backs coach Ryan Held has roots in Oklahoma and offensive line coach Greg Austin should kill it in the Lone Star State. Finally, maybe Nebraska will manage to get some of that SEC Country talent, after all.
Moving on, I was curious about Frost’s five-star pitch. Well, if you’ve watched UCF at all this season, you know what can be sold on the offensive side of the ball and by all indications, at least Martinez is interested. Playing time is definitely a perk on defense, but I’m curious to see what else will be offered up.
Fortunately, Frost already seems to have recruited his new team. Current players whooped it up on Twitter after the news was announced and sure, some guys may transfer, but that’s life after a new coach comes in.
Regarding the 2018 schedule, it won’t be easy, but if Frost can implement at least a basic form of his offense, Nebraska should be able to put up enough points to theoretically win. The big question mark is a defense which will probably take a season or two to completely gel.
Now, the hype is real. People are already calling Frost a savior, but he’s not a fool. He knows what he’s walking into. He’s familiar with The Fishbowl. A gaggle of beat writers was all over a Lincoln tarmac and the downtown Lincoln Embassy Suites hoping to get a look at Frost and his staff early Sunday morning.
Long story short, Scott Frost was offered — and accepted — $35 million to buy into what Bill Moos wants for Nebraska football’s future. I’m a fan of Moos so far and Frost is clearly in it for the long haul.
As such, I issue this mea culpa looking forward to a very fun future and a likely sold out 2018 Spring Game. Watch it happen, folks.