Nebraska fires Scott Frost three games into his fifth season – The Washington Post

Nebraska fires Scott Frost three games into his fifth season - The Washington Post

One of college football’s most promising 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 recent college football history, considering expectations and resources. Frost’s 16-31 record at the alma mater he played quarterback for in the 1990s would have surprised anyone present at the commencement.

That was December 2017, when the vaunted Frost completed two sweeping successes that seemed to cast him as indispensable: a turn as Oregon’s offensive coordinator that included tutoring quarterback Marcus Mariota, who won the 2014 Heisman Trophy in Oregon’s season 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 the Frost-Nebraska rumble unstoppable.

Such undeniable momentum, plus Frost’s past as both a native of small Wood River, Neb., and as the quarterback of the most recent of Nebraska’s five national title teams (the 1997 co-champions), has fueled scores of Nebraska football luminaries. to collect in a personal welcome from Frost as an obvious bet to lead the Cornhuskers from pretty good back to routinely great. Governor Pete Ricketts declared September 1, 2018, a commemorative “Scott Frost Day”, and the fanfare had Frost restore the beloved program of winning percentages deemed insufficient, such as the .551 under Bill Callahan (27-22), the . 713 under Bo Pelini (67-27) and the .500 under Mike Riley (19-19), back towards the .829 of Bob Devaney (101-20-2 from 1962-72) or the .836 of Tom Osborne ( 255). -49-3 of 1973-97).

Instead, a program with a decorated past never reached any bowl game under Frost, who went 4-8, 5-7, 3-5, 3-9 and 1-2 as he developed an uncanny penchant for losing close games. Those began with opening losses in 2018 to Colorado by 33-28 and Troy by 24-19, unsuspecting hints of things to come. His record in one-score games would reach an astounding 5-22, including 0-8 in Frost’s fourth season, 2021, a 3-9 slump that resulted in a pay cut. The effort ended with a 45-42 home loss Saturday to Georgia Southern, which drove 75 yards to score the winning touchdown with 36 seconds left, and whose new coach, Clay Helton, had met the same fate on the second weekend in September last year in Southern California.

“Earlier today I met with coach Frost and informed him that we are making a change in the leadership of our football program, effective immediately,” Athletic Director Trev Alberts, also a former Cornhuskers football standout, said in a statement. “Scott has poured his heart and soul into the Nebraska football program both as a quarterback and head coach, and I appreciate his work and dedication.

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

Joseph, 54, a former Nebraska quarterback himself, coached 14 teams (high school, college and NFL club), including LSU from 2017 to 2021, which included its national championship year of 2019. Joseph played quarterback for Osborne from 1988 until 1991, mostly as a backup, completing 55 of 124 passes for 909 yards and 14 touchdowns and rushing 180 times for 1,091 and 16 scores. Joseph is the first Black head coach in any sport at Nebraska.

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