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Nebraska fires Frost; coach to obtain $15M buyout

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  • Andrea AdelsonESPN Senior Writer

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    • ACC reporter.
    • Joined ESPN.com in 2010.
    • Graduate of the University of Florida.

Nebraska fired football coach Scott Frost on Sunday, 1 day following a 45-42 home loss to Georgia Southern in what had become an untenable situation for the Huskers.

Nebraska (1-2) have been a three-touchdown favorite.

“Earlier today I met with Coach Frost and informed him we were creating a change in the leadership of our football program, effective immediately. Scott has poured his core in to the Nebraska Football program both as a quarterback and head coach, and I appreciate his work and dedication,” Nebraska vice chancellor for athletics Trev Alberts said in a statement.

Associate head coach Mickey Joseph will need over for all of those other season. Nebraska hosts Oklahoma on Saturday.

Frost will receive his full $15 million buyout, Alberts told reporters at a news conference. The buyout amount could have dropped to $7.5 million on Oct. 1. Alberts told reporters he had a need to create a change now to be fair to the players among others round the program.

“We owed it to the players to provide them another voice, perhaps slightly different vision,” Alberts said. “Provide them with some confidence, a chance. I understand how disruptive these changes are, but we had a need to inject something into this team to provide them the confidence and hopefully help them compete. Nothing would please me a lot more than to visit a pretty significant change and help this team overcome the hump and win some games.”

Alberts said the target continue with both interim coach Joseph and in to the future would be to stop considering days gone by and concentrate on what must be done to win.

“We’ll stop discussing championships or stop discussing things we i did so,” he said. “We’ll just get really process oriented, detail oriented and ultimately, when you begin doing those fundamental championship habit-type things, those forms of wins follow. But we have to start concentrating on those small fundamental items that ultimately result in those forms of things.”

Frost played at Nebraska from 1995 to ’97, returning home to play for Tom Osborne after beginning his career at Stanford. In 1997, he helped the Huskers go 13-0 and win the national championship — becoming the initial quarterback in school history to rush for a lot more than 1,000 yards and pass for a lot more than 1,000 yards in exactly the same season. It could be the final national championship for Osborne and Nebraska.

Frost appeared like an ideal fit to revive Nebraska to glory following the Huskers fired Mike Riley in 2017. Frost was in his second year as UCF head coach — and in the center of a historic 13-0 season where the Knights self-declared a national championship — and became among the hottest coaching candidates in the united kingdom. Despite the fact that Nebraska hadn’t had sustained success just how it did when he played there, the lure of returning home was impossible to stop.

But right from the start of his tenure in 2018, Frost was never in a position to obtain the Huskers going. Nebraska — once a perennial bowl team — never really had an absolute season under Frost. Probably the most distressing part about watching Nebraska play was the sheer amount of close games it lost.

Nebraska is 5-22 (.185) in one-score games since Frost was hired. No other FBS team has a lot more than 16 one-score losses for the reason that span.

Last season, the Huskers went 3-9. Seven of these losses were one-score games. Within an interview with ESPN in October, Frost said, “I simply want this to work so badly. I would like to do everything I could to greatly help Nebraska be Nebraska, and we’ve had plenty of work to accomplish to obtain that done. We’re still along the way of this, but I’m pleased with the improvements we’ve made. It will happen.”

Considering how close it seemed Nebraska was to turning a large part, Alberts made the surprising move last November when he announced he’d bring Frost back — but with the understanding the 2022 season will be make or break.

Frost fired four offensive assistants, had his pay cut from $5 million to $4 million and decided to having his buyout drop from $15 million to $7.5 million on Oct. 1.

However the 2022 season began just how last season left off — with a one-score loss to Northwestern in Ireland — a casino game that fired up an onside kick call Frost made out of Nebraska leading 28-17 in the 3rd quarter. Nebraska didn’t score again and lost 31-28.

In explaining that decision, Frost said, “You can’t really foresee them scoring 14 straight and us sputtering directly after we played well to start out the next half on offense. Again, those are excuses. EASILY had [to do] it over, I wouldn’t make the decision.”

It only got worse Saturday against Georgia Southern, a team Nebraska paid $1.423 million to go to Lincoln and play. Georgia Southern gained an impressive 642 yards in the overall game, and the student section chanted, “Fire Frost! Fire Frost!”

Afterward, Frost said, “That certain hurt. We win as a team and lose as a team, and we got beat today. We got beat on schemes, and I didn’t genuinely have a remedy. They got after us.”

Nearly the answers Nebraska fans were searching for after five seasons hearing similar statements after each loss.

Frost ends his Nebraska coaching career with a 16-31 mark.

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