Nebraska fires Scott Frost three games into his fifth season

One of the most promising college football coaching hires of the late 2010s came to a sad end Sunday, when Nebraska fired Scott Frost three games into the fifth season of one of the worst coaching tenures in history. of college football, taking into account expectations and resources. Frost’s 16-31 record at the alma mater he played quarterback for in the 1990s would have surprised anyone present from the start.

That was in December 2017, when a braggart Frost had notched up two runaway successes that seemed to make him a must-see: a stint as Oregon’s offensive coordinator that included mentoring quarterback Marcus Mariota, who won the 2014 Heisman Trophy in the season from Oregon as a national. runner-up; and a turn as head coach at Central Florida, which went 12-0 in 2017 during Frost’s second season, sparked talk of a self-proclaimed national championship and made Frost-Nebraska buzz unstoppable.

That unmistakable drive, plus Frost’s past as a native of Little Wood River, Neb., and as quarterback for the last of Nebraska’s five national title teams (the 1997-1998 co-champions), propelled dozens of Nebraska soccer dignitaries. meeting in person to welcome Frost as an obvious bet to take the Cornhuskers from very good to routinely great. Governor Pete Ricketts declared September 1, 2018, a commemorative “Scott Frost Day,” and the fanfare caused Frost to restore the cherished program of winning percentages deemed insufficient, such as .551 under Bill Callahan (27-22), the . 713 under Bo Pelini (67-27) and .500 under Mike Riley (19-19), back to Bob Devaney’s .829 (101-20-2 from 1962-1972) or Tom Osborne’s .836 (255 -49-3 from 1973-1997).

Instead, the show with the decorated past never made it to any bowling games with Frost, who went 4-8, 5-7, 3-5, 3-9 and 1-2, and developed a surprising penchant for losing. close games, a hallmark. of failed coaching. Those began with opening 2018 losses to Colorado 33-28 and Troy 24-19, unsuspected hints of things to come. The record in one-point games would go on to reach a staggering 5-22 record in games decided by one point, 0-8 in Frost’s fourth season, 2021, a 3-9 disappointment that resulted in a pay cut. The monotony ended with a 45-42 home loss on Saturday to Georgia Southern, which drove 75 yards for the game-winning touchdown with 36 seconds remaining, and whose new coach, Clay Helton, met the same fate on the second weekend. September of last year. in Southern California.

“Earlier today I met with Coach Frost and informed him that we were making a leadership change to our football program, effective immediately,” athletic director Trev Alberts, also a former Cornhusker, said in a statement. “Scott has put his heart and soul into the Nebraska football program as a quarterback and head coach, and I appreciate his hard work and dedication.

“After the disappointing start to our season,” a 1-2 record that includes a loss to Northwestern in Ireland and a win over North Dakota, “I decided that the best way forward for our program was to make a change in our position. of head coach. Associate Head Coach Mickey Joseph will be our interim head coach for the remainder of the 2022 season.”

Joseph, 54, a former Nebraska quarterback, has coached 14 different high schools, colleges and one NFL team, including LSU from 2017 to 2021, which counted as his 2019 national championship year. Joseph played as Osborne’s quarterback from 1988 to 1991. primarily as a backup, completing 55 of 124 passes for 909 yards and rushing 180 times for 1,091. Joseph becomes the first black coach in any sport in Nebraska.

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