By Tim Griffin
Land of 10
ATLANTA — New Nebraska coach Scott Frost toasted UCF’s victory in the Peach Bowl on New Year’s Day with a special celebration, which is understandable considering his whirlwind experience.
“On Jan. 2, I slept until 2 in the afternoon,” Frost said. “And it was nice.”
Frost capped an emotional season by leading the Knights to a 34-27 upset victory over Auburn the previous day. The long winter nap gave him a chance to recharge before starting his new job with the Cornhuskers in earnest.
“It was a trying two months for us as a football team and for me emotionally. Trying to keep winning and trying to make a big decision and doing that all with an infant son in the house,” Frost said. “It was a special stretch of time. I’ll never forget it and I’m glad it’s over.”
Frost appeared Saturday night at the Football Writers Association presentation of the Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year award. He earned that honor after leading the Knights to a 13-0 season.
Now, the hard work begins as he attempts to rebuild Nebraska’s program to where it was during his playing career. Frost capped his career by helping the Cornhuskers win a share of the national championship in 1997.
While Frost said it’s been disappointing to see his alma mater struggle, he believes the Cornhuskers will rebound.
“There’s a different formula that works for every school and it’s different for every school,” he said. “There’s a formula that made Nebraska one of the best programs for 30 years. I think they’ve missed on a lot of those things to a great degree for a while. Hopefully, we can fix a lot of those things and get Nebraska back where it needs to be.”
Frost believes the best way back is to follow much of what he remembered when he was winning championships while in school.
“One of the things that made Nebraska special was a unity of purpose,” he said. “Everybody in the athletic department were people of high character. They were pulling in the same direction and they were committed to the same things.
“We’re going to get Nebraska back to that point.”