Sitting in Tom Osborne's seat now is surreal for the guy that once played for him.
That was Jim Rome's word but Husker head coach Scott Frost felt it more than appropriate during an appearance on Rome's CBS Sports radio show on Tuesday.
"I used to go into his office and sit there with him as head coach and just the thought that I’m sitting in the same seat that he used to sit in, it’s an honor and it’s humbling," Frost said. "Coach is a great man on top of being a good coach. He’s always there for me as a resource and that’s been invaluable."
Since Frost took over, Osborne has been around the program much more. He's inside coaching offices at least once a week and sometimes he's with Frost away from One Memorial Drive. Frost said before fall camp started that, to him, Osborne even looks happier and healthier lately.
Just one of many positive vibes flowing throughout the football program with just over two weeks before the season-opener against Akron.
"I can feel it heading in the right direction," Frost said. "We’ve got a coaching staff that just went through a rebuild the last couple years with a winless team and I know the formula works. We’re just going to stick to the plan and be patient and keep grinding every day."
Rome asked Frost about what a successful season would look like in his eyes during Year 1. Is it measured in wins and losses? Or is it something else? Frost held strong to what he's said all offseason.
"Wins and losses come if you’re doing things the right way," he said. "We’ve got a thing here, ‘Day by Day.’ We’re going to take things day by day and that doesn’t mean each game, that means each practice that we go to, each class that our kids attend, every time they go eat. I want them to do everything right, I want them to attack everything they do and just make sure that we’re better today than we were yesterday. If we stay on that track, I don’t know when they’re going to come but a lot of wins are going to follow."
Does that mean the Nebraska that Osborne knew and the Nebraska that Frost played for can come back? Frost says yes.
"We’re going to do everything we can to get it back there. The run of success that Coach Osborne had is unprecedented, I don’t know how many times it’s been duplicated if any," he said. "We’re going to get back there and we have a lot to build on.
"We’ve got all the resources that we need to try and build it again and it’s not going to happen overnight but I really like where we’re headed."
>> Maryland leadership held a press conference Tuesday to publicly address a recent ESPN report on the death of offensive lineman Jordan McNair and the "toxic culture" within the football program.
Maryland president Wallace Loh said Tuesday that the university would take “moral and legal responsibility” for McNair’s death. Loh also said the school would be conducting an investigation into ESPN's reporting.
Frost touched on the situation with Rome.
"We don’t ever want to do that here,” he said. “Every head coach has their own way of getting the job done and there’s probably not any one that’s more right than the other, but I know at Nebraska we’re never going to swear at kids or MF kids. We’re never going to try to intimidate and motivate through intimidation.
“This is a new day and age and I think things have changed. Learning from Coach Osborne here, I was able to see firsthand how loving players and encouraging them and teaching them can get as much done as any other way and that’s always going to be the mindset as long as I’m here.”
Derek is a newbie on the Hail Varsity staff covering Husker athletics. In college, he was best known as ‘that guy from Twitter.’ He has covered a Sugar Bowl, a tennis national championship and almost everything in between (except an NCAA men’s basketball tournament game… *tears*). In his spare time, he can be found arguing with literally anyone about sports.