CHICAGO –– Nebraska coach Scott Frost announced Wednesday that Ron Brown had been hired as Director of Player Development for the football program. The position is a non-coaching role, allowing Brown to mentor the football student-athletes in a variety of off-field development areas and work with the Life Skills program and assist with community outreach efforts for the Nebraska football team.
While the hire was a welcomed by many, others were concerned by the decision. Brown — who previously coached at Nebraska as an assistant from 1987 to 2003 and again from 2008 to 2014 — drew criticism in 2012 when he opposed ammendments to discrimination laws that centered around LGBTQ rights in Omaha at a city council meeting.
In addition to the comments, Brown used Memorial Stadium as his address. He later apologized for using One Memorial Drive in place of his home address, and said he would not discriminate against any player for sexual orientation.
Frost addressed Brown's return to Nebraska following his time at the podium at Big Ten Media Days.
"Ron was a receivers coach when I was there," Frost said Monday. "I saw him do unbelievable things to help young men and young student-athletes. We're trying to get the best people that we can back in the building. Certainly there are ideas that people that work for me have that not everyone agrees with and I understand that. There will never exist in my program, or our program, any kind of discriminatory talk or anything like that. We're going to have a program that's open and comfortable for everyone involved in it, but we're going to build the program with the best people we can put in the building."
Brown returns to Nebraska from Liberty University, where he served as associate head coach for the previous three seasons. Brown worked alongside former Husker quarterback and current Liberty head coach Turner Gill.
"I'm just excited to have him on board because of the person that I know he is and how much he's helped all the people that I've played with," Frost said."
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