LINCOLN – New Nebraska head coach Scott Frost arrived to Lincoln late Saturday night after he led his former team, UCF, to a AAC Championship over Memphis.
“Yeah, I haven’t slept in a while,” Frost said. “I haven’t eaten much. I haven’t lifted weights or run in a little bit. I haven’t gotten a haircut, there has been a lot going on. Yesterday was an emotional day for me because I genuinely care about the team I was coaching. It was an unbelievable victory and it was a really difficult task to say goodbye. Then I got on a plane to come down here.”
As Frost arrived to campus Sunday morning to meet with his new team, he said he could see the fire in their eyes and a team that is excited to get to work.
“I let them know that there’s going to be a lot of hard work to be done, that things were going to change, 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. They looked excited, a lot of them came to my office afterwards, my new office afterwards, and I talked to them individually. I told them to go home over Christmas and enjoy the time off but I want them to come back ready to go to work,” Frost said.
After meeting with the players and before he made it to the third floor of Memorial Stadium to address the media, Frost was met by over a hundred former players and a standing ovation in the Nebraska weight room.
“When we went into the weight room, and Scott didn’t know that the football lettermen were going to be in there, and there were over 100, it looked like there were 200,” Nebraska Athletic Director Bill Moos told the media before he introduced Frost. “That choked me up.”
A lot of Husker fans, former and current high school football players and more, have scratched their heads over the years seeing Nebraska kids playing for different Power 5 football teams. Frost said he hopes to turn around the in-state recruiting and walk-on program.
Here is the full quote from Frost:
“That’s one of the things I talked to Bill and Coach Osborne about. When we were here we had a lot of players, and a lot of players were working hard at practice and nobody was sitting on a knee. We had a lot of kids from Gothenburg and from Minden and from Scottsbluff and from Wood River and from Columbus, could go on and on. But this place needs that. I’m looking forward to trying to build the walk-on program and make it what it was before. When you have a bunch of kids from the state of Nebraska that are in this program, those are the type of players that would bleed for this place and are going to work hard to make this work. Guys that are really pulling for Nebraska. When I was growing up, every kid in the state of Nebraska dreamed about running out here on this stadium, on this field wearing a red ‘N’ on their helmet. There’s too many kids from this state right now playing at other schools and we are going to do everything we can to make sure that those kids are here.”
In a interview after the press conference with the Husker Sports Network, Tom Osborne said fans need to give Frost and his staff time to ” turn the corner.”
Frost declined to comment on the coaches he plans on bringing on the new staff, but Nebraska has already made several offers and have hit the recruiting trails hard before the early signing period begins on December 20.