Nebraska football and Scott Frost are facing an NCAA investigation according to a new report from Bret McMurphy of The Action Network.
The investigation stems from improper use of analysts and consultants according to the report.
The school, sources said, has “significant video footage” confirming the practice violations took place in the presence of Frost and other assistants.
Frost has obtained legal counsel, and the NCAA has interviewed Frost, multiple current and former staff members, administration and football players regarding the allegations, sources said. The allegations date back 12 months.
Also, last year — when the NCAA prohibited organized athletic activities because of the pandemic — Nebraska relocated its strength workouts to an undisclosed off-campus location to avoid detection by non-football school officials, sources said.
McMurphy also cites sources who say Nebraska held strength and conditioning workouts, directed by the strength staff at an off-campus location, when such organized workouts were prohibited by NCAA rules. The report says it is “unknown if the NCAA is investigating these specific allegations.”
In February of 2020, Nebraska hired Jonathan Rutledge as a special teams analyst. As an analyst, NCAA rules limited Rutledge to reviewing film with players, holding meetings and setting up drills to be run during practice. Only the 10 full-time assistant coaches, can actively coach players during practices or be involved in game-day coaching.
McMurphy’s report says the investigation of Nebraska involves special teams.
Rutledge was let go at Nebraska in January, with Frost naming outside linebackers coach Mike Dawson as the Huskers’ special teams coordinator.
If the NCAA finds Nebraska did violate its rules involving the use of analysts and consultants, Frost could face a suspension from certain team activities.
In April of this year, current UTEP football coach Dana Dimel received a four-day suspension from coaching activities and the loss of 10 off-campus recruiting days after the NCAA determined he allowed quality-control coaches to participate in practices over the 2018 and 2019 seasons. A university review of practice video showed the quality-control coaches engaging in impermissible activities according to the NCAA’s Public Decision.
That was part of a negotiated resolution between UTEP and the NCAA, which the Association’s bylaws are careful to point out “has no precedential value.”
McMurphy writes that Frost has obtained legal counsel.
UPDATE – Nebraska Athletic Director Trev Alberts provided the following statement following Wednesday’s reports:
“The University of Nebraska Athletic Department has been working collaboratively with the NCAA to review a matter concerning our football program. We appreciate the dialogue we have had with the NCAA and cannot comment further on specifics of this matter.”
Brandon is the Managing Editor for Hail Varsity and has covered Nebraska athletics for the magazine and web since 2012, Hail Varsity’s first season on the scene. His sports writing has also been featured by Fox Sports, The Guardian and CBS Sports.