October 7, 2022

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Nebraska Cornhuskers firefighter coach Scott Frost after starting season 1-2

Nebraska Cornhuskers firefighter coach Scott Frost after starting season 1-2

Nebraska sacked coach Scott Frost on Sunday, a day after losing 45-42 at home to Georgia Southern in what has become an untenable situation for the Huskers.

Nebraska (1-2) was a three-point favorite.

“Earlier today I met with Coach Frost and informed him that we are making a leadership change for our football program, effective immediately. Scott has poured his heart and soul into the Nebraska football program as quarterback and head coach, and I appreciate Nebraska Athletics Vice President Trev Alberts said In a statement “his work and dedication”.

Assistant coach Mickey Joseph will take charge for the remainder of the season. Nebraska hosts Oklahoma on Saturday.

Frost played for Nebraska from 1995-97, returning home to play Tom Osborne after starting 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 over 1,000 yards and pass for more than 1,000 yards in the same season. It will be the last national championships for Osborne and Nebraska.

Frost seemed just the right person to restore Nebraska to glory after the Huskers fired Mike Riley in 2017. Frost was in his second year as a UCF coach, and in the middle of a historic 13-0 season in which the Knights declared themselves the National Championship and became one of the top coaching candidates in the country. Although Nebraska did not maintain its success as it did when he played there, it was impossible to give up the temptation to return home.

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But since starting his tenure in 2018, Frost hasn’t been able to launch the Huskers. Nebraska – once a perennial team – hasn’t had a winning season under Frost. The most annoying part about watching the Nebraska play was the sheer number of close matches lost.

Nebraska 5-22 (.185) in one game since Frost was signed. No other FBS team has had more than 16 losses of one degree in that period.

Last season, the Huskers went 3-9. Seven of those losses were one match. In an interview with ESPN last October, Frost said, “I just want this to work so badly. I want to do everything I can to help Nebraska be Nebraska, and we’ve had a lot of work to do with it. We’re still in the process of it, but I’m proud.” With our improvements, it will happen.”

Given how close Nebraska came to turn a corner, Alberts took the surprising step last November when he announced he would bring back Frost – but with the understanding that the 2022 season would be a hit or a fall.

Frost fired four offensive assistants, lowered his salary from $5 million to $4 million, and agreed to reduce the buyout from $15 million to $7.5 million on October 1.

But the 2022 season started the way it did last season – losing a point to Northwestern in Ireland – a match that turned into a penalty kick by Frost as Nebraska led the game 28-17 in the third quarter. Nebraska did not score again and lost 31-28.

Explaining that decision, Frost said: “You can’t really expect them to score 14 goals in a row and that we are faltering after playing so well to start the second half on attack. Again, those are excuses. If I (to) have to do more, I won’t Make the call.”

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Things only got worse Saturday against Georgia South, a Nebraska team paid $1.423 million to come to Lincoln and play. Georgia Southern earned 642 yards in the game and the student division chanted, “Fire Frost! Fire Frost!”

Then, Frost said, “It hurts. We won as a team and lost as a team, and we were beaten today. We were beaten in the charts, and I didn’t really have an answer. They chased after us.”

Not exactly the answers Nebraska fans have been searching for after five seasons of hearing similar statements after every loss.

Frost finished his coaching career in Nebraska with a 16-31 score.