At the end of the 2017 college football regular season, several teams across the country had their eyes set on then-UCF coach Scott Frost. With Frost at the helm, UCF football finished its season undefeated and earned a bid to a major bowl game for only the second time in school history.
Despite his success with the Knights, and a game against Auburn in the Peach Bowl still to be played, Frost considered his options for the 2018 college football season after the regular season. Ultimately, Frost decided to return to his alma mater and coach Nebraska football.
On Saturday, Frost coached the Cornhuskers at Memorial Stadium for the first time in the team’s annual spring game. At halftime of the contest, the Big Ten Network caught up with Nebraska’s Bill Moos, and the athletic director had plenty of good to say about Frost.
“First of all, his résumé is very impressive,” Moos said. “I thought he would have been a good choice a few years ago, but the fact that he proved it to be the head coach at Central Florida and the great job he did turning around that program, really had the full package. We weren’t the only ones after him. I do feel we got the pick of the litter.”
Moos also said that Frost’s history with the program made him the perfect fit.
“Then you factor in the fact he was here 20 years ago and [led] the Huskers to a national championship, Tom Osborne’s last game, the subplots are all right there and it’s exciting to have him back,” Moos said. “These fans, they love their own, you know that. They take care of their own. This has taken a fractured fanbase that was starting to become somewhat apathetic back to what we’re seeing today here at Memorial Stadium.”
Nebraska fans did indeed show up for their team on Saturday, breaking the spring game attendance record with 86,818 in attendance at Memorial Stadium.
“Well, it’s amazing to see the passion and the energy of the fans,” Moos said. “The fact we sold it out in less than 24 hours really gives a real indication to what Nebraska football means to Nebraska. They’re showing it today and they’re having a good time.”
Nebraska football will open its season on Sept. 1 at home against Akron.