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Scott Frost Will Return to Coach Nebraska in 2022

November 08, 2021

Scott Frost will return as the head coach of Nebraska for the 2022 season, Husker Athletic Director Trev Alberts announced on Monday. The decision includes a “restructured contract,” though details of the new deal were not immediately available.

“In my four months at Nebraska, I have closely observed our football team, and had several productive discussions with Coach Frost,” Alberts wrote. “Scott has laid out a clear plan and vision for the future of Nebraska Football and has agreed to a restructured contract. I am excited to continue to work together with Scott. We share a love of Nebraska and this football program and want nothing more than Nebraska Football to again compete for championships.

“We all recognize our record has not been what anyone wants it to be. I have been clear that I have been looking for incremental progress, and I have seen that in several key areas this season. Our team has continued to compete at a high level and the young men in our program have remained unified and shown great resiliency, which is an important reflection of the leadership of Coach Frost and his staff.”

Frost also released a statement: “I appreciate the confidence Trev Alberts has shown in me to continue to lead this program. I love this state, this football program and am honored and humbled for the opportunity to serve as the head coach at my alma mater. Our immediate focus is on the two games ahead against Wisconsin and Iowa, and the opportunity in front of us to build momentum heading into the offseason and 2022. I understand we have not won at a high enough level, but I am confident our football program will continue to take steps forward.”

In his four years at Nebraska, Frost holds a 15-27 overall record and a 10-23 mark in Big Ten play. This season, the Huskers have played up and down to their competition while playing a strength of schedule that currently ranks 11th hardest in the nation and was, at one point in the season, the second most difficult, according to teamrankings.com.

Against opponents ranked the the AP Poll’s Week 11 top 10—No. 4 Oklahoma, No. 8 Michigan State, No. 9 Michigan and No. 6 Ohio State—Nebraska has lost by just 7, 3, 3 and 9 points, respectively. Against west division foes ranked outside the top 25—Illinois, Northwestern, Minnesota and Purdue—the Huskers are 1-3 with all three losses against Illinois, Minnesota and Purdue coming via one score.

The recent loss to Ohio State ensures Nebraska will have a fifth consecutive losing season, the last four being on Frost’s watch while the fifth, in 2017, came under Mike Riley. The last time Nebraska had five straight losing seasons was from 1956-1960 under Pete Elliott and William Jennings. The Huskers had a sixth straight losing season in 1961 before a streak of 42 consecutive winning seasons that spanned three head coaches in Bob Devaney, Tom Osborne and Frank Solich.

In his six years as a head coach, Frost has five losing seasons. He went 6-7 in his first season at Central Florida before going undefeated at 13-0 in 2017.

 

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