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Trev Alberts Joins ‘Sports Nightly’ To Talk Frost, Restructured Contract for 2022

November 08, 2021

Scott Frost will return as the head coach of Nebraska for the 2022 season following his fourth-straight losing season and a 15-27 overall record, but his contract will look different. Nebraska Athletic Director Trev Alberts joined Sports Nightly on Monday, offering an update on the new agreement.

Frost will earn $4 million next season instead of the previously-agreed-upon $5 million. Frost’s buyout also went from $15 million down to $7.5 million.

“When I look at good business deals, I rarely see a good business deal where only one party has skin in the game. But if both of us have skin in the game, we’re both fairly incentivized to work really hard to be successful,” Alberts said. “He’s (Scott) talked an awful lot about how important this is to him, and in a way Scott has bet on himself, and I like that. I think that’s pretty cool.”

In addition to the restructured contract, Frost has parted ways with four of his offensive assistant coaches. Offensive coordinator/wide receivers coach Matt Lubick, offensive line coach/run game coordinator Greg Austin, running backs coach Ryan Held and quarterbacks coach Mario Verduzco are no longer with the program, per a release from Nebraska. 

Alberts said on the radio that he has observed the football team closely in his four months at Nebraska, which has included a number of conversations with Frost during that time.

“Scott has laid out a clear plan and vision for the future of Nebraska Football and has agreed to a restructured contract,” Alberts said in his statement released earlier on Monday. “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.”

Alberts reiterated that point on Sports Nightly, saying he and Frost had talked about the decision to let certain coaches go. He added that he doesn’t believe it’s the athletic director’s role to tell a coach who to keep or who to fire. Instead, he asks questions.

“Most of it was fairly self evident to Scott and I think he knew certain changes needed to be made,” Alberts said. “But this was Scott’s plan. This was Scott’s plan that he brought to me.”

More news and notes:

>> Nebraska’s losses to Big Ten west foes Minnesota and Purdue were difficult for Alberts.

“They shake some of your confidence. But I’m proud of the response and proud of how they played against Ohio State,” he said. “We don’t buy into moral victories here, but I do think that some of those very detailed, very fundamental things about attention to detail and organizational skills, those types of things, Scott and I have discussed. And I believe Scott has a good plan and vision around that.”

After this week’s bye week, the Huskers will travel to Wisconsin and host Iowa on Black Friday.

“I just think these last two weeks against Wisconsin and Iowa, we owe it to our student-athletes to have 100% focus, both coaches and administratively, to support their chances of winning those two games,” Alberts said.

>> Alberts said he liked what he saw from the team against an elite team in Ohio State, and how they respond to Frost, even when things aren’t going as planned.

“Our young men are following this coaching staff and fighting hard. I felt terrible for them,” Alberts said. “But the unity that they are showing and the work ethic and the togetherness is an indicator of their belief in the leadership in coach Frost and his staff. That’s important to me.”

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