Nebraska athletic director Trev Alberts revealed some of the metrics inserted into Scott Frost’s restructured contract during Tuesday night’s episode of Sports Nightly. Six wins and a bowl game with incremental progress.
Greg Sharpe brought up District Judge Ryan Post’s decision earlier today to reveal the metrics Alberts and Frost put in writing for the 2022 season. Alberts believed it was in the school’s best interest to not release those metrics when USA Today filed a Freedom Of Information Act request for them. The University of Nebraska’s director of records denied the request, calling it confidential personal information. USA Today argued in court that those metrics should be public under state law because they involve public funds.
“In sum, the court finds the respondent (university) has not shown by clear and convincing evidence that the personal information exemption exempts the Scott Frost metrics from disclosure,” Post stated in his decision.
Post threw out the university’s legal argument that those metrics didn’t matter because Frost was fired. The judge determined there was nothing to disclose in Fred Hoiberg’s contract because there was no written record. Alberts confirmed on radio he wanted the agreement with Frost to be verbal but the former head coach wanted it in writing.
Alberts told Sharpe the university will share those metrics and more within the court-mandated seven days. The university will not appeal the court’s decision.
“What I wanted from Scott, and we talked about it a lot, was incremental progress,” Alberts said. “What Scott and I talked about was getting to a bowl game and not backing into a bowl game, winning a minimum of six games. If we could win six games, get to a bowl game, then we could revert back to the original contract.”
Alberts also dealt updates in various other areas:
>> The vice chancellor and athletics director cleared the air on a rumor that an interested donor purchased tickets for the remaining home games. A donor approached the university and purchased tickets for initiatives like the Red Carpet Experience.There are still roughly 200-300 tickets remaining in Nebraska’s home schedule. Alberts believes the remaining three games will sell out.
>> Alberts attended the Huskers’ loss to Purdue in West Lafayette, Indiana. He praised the team’s fight and spoke highly of the coaching staff. The former linebacker was also thankful that the bye week allowed Nebraska to heal, at least somewhat. He specifically mentioned his pride for Nick Henrich and Malcolm Hartzog.
>> With approval from regents and the city council, Nebraska now awaits a mayoral signature to start selling alcohol at Pinnacle Bank Arena. Alberts anticipated the signature in days and said they are logistically prepared for sales as soon as the first exhibition game against Chadron State this upcoming Sunday.
>> Over 11,500 season tickets have been sold for the Nebraska men’s basketball team and Alberts is excited for their season. He admitted some of Hoiberg’s metrics to salary reduction are similar to Frost’s in terms of incremental progress.
>> Alberts took a moment to reflect on the Nebraska volleyball program and the work of head coach John Cook. The school is looking into how it could recapture the volleyball attendance record from Wisconsin.
>> Alberts is “really pleased” with the status of the Go Big Project. He reiterated the importance of the strategic plan, saying it will be “the premier development facility in college athletics.”
>> Nebraska should receive clarity on next year’s Big Ten football schedule within the next “week to 10 days,” Alberts said.