Scott Frost enters his first season at Nebraska with some work to do. The Huskers finished at 4-8 last season, and fan anticipation is high for hometown guy to bring the program back where fans think it should be.
After all, the Huskers sold out their spring game in 24 hours and secondary market prices are high.
Frost will be up against a tough schedule that includes trips to Ohio State, Michigan, Wisconsin and Iowa in his first season at Nebraska. He’ll be leaning on Nebraska legend Tom Osborne, but Frost isn’t getting into specifics on the coach’s role.
“Coach was in here this morning and I’m going to lean on him for wisdom and advice,” Frost said in an interview with the Omaha World-Herald’s Tom Shatel . “We’ve got to be careful with how we use Coach because there are rules against someone who has been with the university helping coach on certain things. Any possible way we can use him I will. He’s been up in the office quite a bit here. I’m thrilled that he’s coming in. He looks happy that he’s able to come in and there are people in the offices that he’s comfortable being around. Makes me happy for Coach.”
Frost has mentioned Osborne often early in his tenure at Nebraska. It’s easy to see why the Osborne has rubbed off on his National Championship-winning quarterback. Frost tells Shatel that patience was an attractive quality from the university, one that should aid in his attempts to bring Osborne-level quality back to Nebraska.
“That’s honestly one of the reasons why our coaching staff decided this was the best opportunity,” he said in an interview with Shatel. “We knew that we would have unanimous support here with the state of the football program as it was, with our familiarity with the state, this is one of the few places where they would be patient with us and let us build it the right way.
“Building it here is not going to be as simple as going out and recruiting 15 five-star players and putting them on the field as freshmen and watching them play. It’s going to be through culture, through hard work and development. There’s a reason that Nebraska sustained success for all those years between [Bob] Devaney and Osborne.”
Frost turned a UCF team that was 0-12 in 2015 to a UCF team that was 12-0 after beating Auburn in the 2018 Peach Bowl.
“The factory was built, the right kids were brought in and they were developed the right way, gave them the right food, the right nutrition, the right support, and showed them the way,” Frost said. “And every year, there were three or four or six kids who were in the program for four or five years (who) emerged and helped us in. That’s the right way to build it. That’s why it’s going to take us a while to put it in place.”