Scott Frost has followed Nebraska football from afar over the last few years, and he said there’s been one big thing missing from this program — unity.
Frost brought that up several times throughout the course of his introductory press conference Sunday at Memorial Stadium. He called back to his days as the starting quarterback on a national championship team and promised to make the people of this state proud again of Husker football.
“The state is hungry for unity,” Frost said. “When I was here under Coach (Tom) Osborne, there was unity of purpose, unity of belief and understanding and support for this program and what it stood for and what it was accomplishing.
“This state needs that again. We can get this entire state behind this football program, get this entire state pulling for these football players and excited for what’s going on. We’re going to put a product on that field this state can be proud of.”
Frost said the “time was right” for him to return home and lead his alma mater. The Huskers are coming off their worst season in a half-century, but Frost said he believes the leadership is in place to bring glory back to Nebraska.
“I played here. I understand it,” Frost said. “I saw the best of this place. I also saw some hard times that maybe other people hadn’t. But that’s what makes this place great is the passion people have for it.”
Frost credited Osborne with encouraging him to take the job. Frost said he didn’t think Osborne would have done that if he didn’t honestly feel it was the best move for him.
He also said former Husker Matt Davison played a key role, “pestering me until I agreed to come here.”
Frost declined to name any of the assistant coaches he’ll bring from his UCF staff, but said they all will have the type of character Nebraska needs. Frost also said “we still have some talking to do” as it relates to him returning to UCF to coach the Knights’ bowl game.
“We’re going to have to get work,” Frost said. “We already have boots on the ground, getting out to see recruits and letting them know who we are. Response has already been tremendous, and in a short amount of time we’re going to get a lot of things done.”
Athletic Director Bill Moos praised Frost and said he was one of the premier coaches in the country, “the pick of the litter.”
“This is a celebration, a celebration for the University of Nebraska and for Husker football,” Moos said. “Certainly a celebration of bringing one of our own home, a favorite son.”
Moos said Frost was the only person he offered the job. The two had an in-person meeting in Philadelphia the weekend Nebraska played Penn State and Frost’s UCF team was facing Temple.
And while Moos made it clear he wanted Frost to be his football coach, he also respected Frost’s pursuit of an undefeated season with UCF. He also plans to give Frost enough time to turn things around in Lincoln.
“What I felt that Scott wanted the most was enough time to get this done right,” Moos said. “He, like I, believes there’s no quick fixes. We will build this football program on solid footings, and if we do stub our toe, it’s not going to be a house of cards.”
Frost met with his team for the first time Sunday morning. The players expressed excitement about Nebraska’s future under Frost, and he shared those same feelings about his new team.
“I saw a lot of fire in their eyes,” Frost said. “I saw a group that was excited. I let them know there’s going to be a lot of hard work to be done, a lot of things are going to change, but it’s going to be a really fun process. I’ve seen it happen before, and I know it can happen here.”
At UCF, Frost built the nation’s No. 1 scoring offense while leading the Knights to an undefeated record and conference championship. His spread, up-tempo offense may be different than what the Big Ten has seen before — and Frost plans to make it work here.
“I’m hoping the Big Ten has to modify their system for us,” he said.
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