Forde-Yard Dash: In Keeping Scott Frost, Nebraska Has Admitted Defeat – CalBearsMaven

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On Monday, Nebraska (21) wave…….

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On Monday, Nebraska (21) waved the white flag, admitted defeat, declared itself a noncompetitor in modern college football. Athletic director Trev Alberts (22) announced that it was bringing floundering Scott Frost back for a fifth season with a “restructured” contract. As part of keeping Frost, a major staff overhaul saw four offensive coaches fired the same day: OC Matt Lubick, OL coach Greg Austin, QB coach Mario Verduzco and RB coach Ryan Held.

The Nebraska dynasty has been dead for a long time now, but this puts it further underground. Just because Alberts and Frost both have ties to the Tom Osborne (23) glory days doesn’t mean they have any chance of resurrecting them.

Those were outlier days, when a school from the heartland with scant local recruiting could carve out niches elsewhere and win with scheme, a weight program, walk-ons and an elite coach. Those days are gone, and this is a tacit acknowledgment.

Frost’s 2021 team is 3–7.

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This is modern Nebraska, and this is modern Nebraska settling—not for pretty good, or even for mediocre. This is settling for losing. This is going cheap in a sport where money currently is no object (which is actually the most defensible reasoning here). This is running scared from vigorous competition in the coaching market as many other high-level jobs open.

Frost’s career record at his alma mater is 15–27. He has cemented a fourth straight losing season. The last Cornhuskers coach who did that was Bill Jennings (24), who never turned in a winning record in five seasons on the job from 1957 to ’61. Jennings’s winning percentage was .310, worst in school history for any coach who got more than two seasons. Second worst? Scott Frost at .357.

And now he’s getting a fifth season.

Giving Frost another year lowers the buyout tag from the current $20 million, and it could go down even more significantly if the restructured contract calls for it. Think Warde Manuel (25) and Michigan negotiating Jim Harbaugh (26) into a much less costly deal last offseason. Although at least Harbaugh had won some games when the Wolverines decided to keep him. At least Nebraska wasn’t going to hysterically overpay to correct the error of former AD Bill Moos extending Frost in December 2019. Coming out of a revenue-flattening pandemic, the school wasn’t going to go Auburn-stupid (27) with its money.

But that’s about the only good thing you can say about this decision. Mostly, this is Nebraska naively hoping for better, ignoring what is plainly in front of it. This is now an administrative extension of the delusional fan thinking that the 1990s are coming back again, any minute now.

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Source: https://www.si.com/college/2021/11/08/scott-frost-returns-nebraska-football-2022

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