Nebraska Fires Scott Frost after 1-2 Start to Season
Following a 45-42 home loss to Georgia Southern over the weekend, the Cornhuskers fell to 1-2 on the year despite being a three-touchdown favorite in the game. That was enough for the athletics department to make a change in the head coaching position.“Earlier today I met with Coach Frost and informed him we were making a change in the leadership of our football program, effective immediately. Scott has poured his heart and soul into the Nebraska Football program both as a quarterback and head coach, and I appreciate his work and dedication,” Nebraska vice chancellor for athletics Trev Alberts said in a statement.
A recent story from ESPN highlighted the move and expounded on the Cornhuskers’ decision.
Below is an excerpt from the ESPN story.
Associate head coach Mickey Joseph will take over for the rest of the season. Nebraska hosts Oklahoma on Saturday.
Frost will receive his full $15 million buyout, Alberts told reporters at a news conference. The buyout amount would have dropped to $7.5 million on Oct. 1. Alberts told reporters he needed to make a change now to be fair to the players and others around the program.
“We owed it to the players to give them a different voice, perhaps slightly different vision,” Alberts said. “Give them some confidence, an opportunity. I know how disruptive these changes are, but we needed to inject something into this team to give them the confidence and hopefully help them compete. Nothing would please me more than to see a pretty significant change and help this team get over the hump and win some games.”
Alberts said the goal moving forward with both interim coach Joseph and into the future is to stop looking at the past and focus on what needs to be done to win.
Frost played at Nebraska from 1995 to ’97, returning home to play for Tom Osborne after beginning his career at Stanford. In 1997, he helped the Huskers go 13-0 and win the national championship — becoming the first quarterback in school history to rush for more than 1,000 yards and pass for more than 1,000 yards in the same season. It would be the last national championship for Osborne and Nebraska.
Nebraska is 5-22 (.185) in one-score games since Frost was hired. No other FBS team has more than 16 one-score losses in that span. Last season, the Huskers went 3-9. Seven of those losses were one-score games.
To read the full story from ESPN, click here.