The last time Nebraska coach Scott Frost had a bye week? October of 2015.
Frost was the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for the University of Oregon at the time. The Ducks had just defeated Washington, 26-20, on Saturday, Oct. 17. Oregon then had just under two weeks off before facing Arizona State on Thursday, Oct. 29. The Ducks won that one, 61-55, in triple overtime.
Frost departed Oregon following that season to be the head coach at Central Florida. And during his two seasons with the Knights, Frost and his staff didn’t have a traditional in-season bye week. Hurricane Matthew forced UCF to postpone its Friday night contest against Tulane in 2016. The new date? Saturday, Nov. 5, which was the previously scheduled bye for both teams.
One year later, Hurricane Irma forced UCF to cancel matchups with both Memphis and Georgia Tech in eary September 2017. The Knights rescheduled the matchup with Memphis for Sept. 30 and replaced the Georgia Tech meeting with Austin Peay for late October. Again, stealing bye weeks.
But that’s not the end. In Frost’s first season at the helm of Nebraska, the Huskers’ home opener was canceled due to thunderstorms. That required the Huskers to find another opponent to face, which turned out to be Bethune-Cookman during the originally scheduled bye.
Bye weeks are important for a number of reasons too. They allow teams to rest and hopefully get healthy in areas of need. Bye weeks also allow a coaching staff to recruit and evaluate prospects (and we have a full update from the week on that this year). It also shifts game-planning very quickly when things don’t go according to plan (which is especially problematic if you’re as regimented with your schedule as Frost).
“Our staff hasn’t had one in three years,” Frost said during his most recent appearance on Husker Sports Nightly. “We had two hurricanes and a lightning game. You know, you get worn out a little through all of August and through a seven-game stretch here and we don’t have a ton of depth, so the kids we are playing are getting a lot of snaps and they need a break and we get a chance to get our coaches out on the road recruiting and that’s vital to what we’re trying to do.”
But Nebraska finally has a bye week after 24 straight games without one. It’s been even longer for Frost and his staff, who have never had a traditional in-season off week in their nearly four years together.
So, in the spirit of a bye week finally being blessed upon Frost and his staff, let’s look at some of the things (specifically in sports) that have happened since the last time Frost had a true bye week:
- There have been four national championships. Alabama has won two (2016, 2018) and Clemson has won two (2017, 2019).
- Kevin Durant left Oklahoma City for Golden State and then the Brooklyn Nets.
- The United States women won the FIFA Women's World Cup.
- Tiger Woods won his first tour win in over five years.
- Peyton Manning retired after 18 seasons in NFL.
- LeBron James brought a title to Cleveland. And now he plays for the Los Angeles Lakers.
- The Chicago Cubs won a World Series. Houston Astros, too.
- A No. 16 seed defeated a No. 1 seed for the first time in the history of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament. Long live the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.
The list goes on and on, because a lot happened in those four years. The good news? Not as much time will pass—knock on wood, of course—between Nebraska’s current bye week and its next. The Huskers get a second bye week this season following the Purdue matchup on Nov. 2.
And because we’re all about a little history around here: Nebraska’s last double bye week? Dates back to 2014. The Huskers went 9-4 that year (5-3 Big Ten) and ultimately fired former head coach Bo Pelini at the end of it.
Erin is the Deputy Editor and Digital Marketing Strategist for Hail Varsity. She has covered Nebraska athletics since 2012, which has included stops at Bleacher Report, Cox Media Group’s Land of 10, and even Hail Varsity (previously from 2012-2017). She has also been featured on the Big Ten Network, NET’s Big Red Wrap-Up, and a varsity of radio shows nationwide. When not covering the Huskers, Erin is probably at Chipotle.