Nebraska football coach Scott Frost and men’s basketball coach Fred Hoiberg are giving back. The Huskers announced on Thursday that both coaches will donate a portion of their salaries for the upcoming fiscal year back to the Husker Athletic Department’s general operating fund. The amount that each will donate will be determined as the athletic department’s budget is finalized.
Frost, who is entering his third year as the head coach of Nebraska football, originally signed a seven-year, $35 million deal in December of 2017. His contract was recently extended in late 2019 and runs until 2026.
“These are difficult times across our country and in college athletics, and Nebraska Athletics is not immune to the financial crunch,” Frost said in the statement. “This athletic department has been so important to my family for several decades. Before I ever played or coached here, I was a Nebraska Cornhusker fan first. I wanted to do my small part to help ensure our athletic department and all of our teams have the necessary resources to compete for championships moving forward.”
Hoiberg will enter his second season at the helm of Nebraska basektball this year. He signed a seven-year, $25 million deal with the Huskers, and will make $3 million per his contract for 2020-21.
“When I took this job, one of the things that stood out to me most about Nebraska was its complete commitment to the student-athlete, not just in football or men’s basketball, but in all sports,” Hoiberg said. “After a little more than a year here, I am even more impressed with the resources available to our young men and women. It is important to me to contribute to keeping Nebraska a leader in student-athlete support and services.”
Both men have deeps ties to Nebraska beyond their coaching careers. Frost is a native of Wood River, Nebraska, and was a two-year letterwinner at quarterback for Nebraska in 1996 and 1997. He led the Huskers to the national championship in 1997. His parents also graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and his mother, Carol, is a member of the Nebraska Athletics Hall of Fame.
As for Hoiberg, both of his parents are also graduates of Nebraska. His grandfather, Jerry Bush, was the Huskers’ men’s basketball coach from 1954 to 1963.