Nebraska head football coach Scott Frost answers questions from the press
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Trev Alberts, Scott Frost Briefly Discuss NCAA Investigation Following Huskers’ Practice

August 18, 2021

News broke Wednesday morning that Nebraska football and Scott Frost are facing an NCAA investigation. Bret McMurphy of The Action Network first broke the news.

Athletic Director Trev Alberts released a statement on the investigation, later joining Frost following Nebraska’s Wednesday practice. While Alberts and Frost could not comment on specifics of the ongoing investigation, Alberts said that Nebraska is cooperating with the NCAA on the investigation.

Alberts also said that the investigation pre-dated his arrival at Nebraska, but declined further comment on timing details. He said he found out after his was hired. Frost also wasn’t able to speak to the timeline of the investigation, but said that his “players remain focused on Illinois” and that he feels “good about where this team is right now.”

As for specifics about the Oklahoma game, which the report alleges Frost wanted to get out of, he said that he doesn’t deal with scheduling and wasn’t involved in scheduling matters.

“I’ve never made one single phone call in regards to our schedule,” Frost said. “That’s not my job.”

Alberts acknowledged that there might be some frustration by the lack of information right now, but said more will be able to be discussed at a later time. With that said, he also noted that the investigation wasn’t a surprise.

“Whenever there is an ongoing NCAA investigation, you’re aware of it,” he said.

Nebraska is in its final week of fall camp in preparation for a Week 0 matchup with Illinois. This is the Huskers’ last day of media availability until Monday.

More news and notes:

>> Offensive coordinator Matt Lubick spoke about the running back room, once again making note of players like Sevion Morrison, Markese Stepp, Gabe Ervin Jr. and Marvin Scott III. While Lubick said the staff is happy with the depth, they haven’t made a decision yet on who will be “the starting guy.”

“You always want to have depth,” Lubick said. “Running back is probably the most prone position on the offense to get banged up.”

He added that you still want to know who you’re giving the ball to, however, and it’s getting clearer who that might be.

>> Speaking of Morrison, Lubick said he started to pop out for Nebraska right off the bat. Lubick noted that he was hurt in the spring so they weren’t completely sure what Morrison could and could not do, but that he has great vision and is very assignment-sound.

>> Zavier Betts recently said he had plenty of room for improvement so far at Nebraska, which was something Lubick gave him credit for acknowledging.

“Hell of a lot of respect for Zavier,” Lubick said. “Show’s a lot of maturity that you have room to grow and room to get better.”

Lubick added that it’s still a learning process “and he will be the first to tell you he could have embraced that more.” He also said that Betts competes every day and is playing at a high level.

>> With so much talk on analysts today, how do they help the team?

“They do a great job of a whole bunch of things,” Lubick said. “Scouting opponents, keeping you organized, especially in he offseason when we’re going through and looking different things. It’s always great to have experts. You can’t have enough wisdom in the room. We’re lucky here we’ve got some experienced analysts that bring a lot of credibility, a lot of knowledge and expertise. I love them all and we’re very fortunate to have great analysts.”

>> What is the center’s role? When it comes to the tangible said, offensive line coach Greg Austin said they are expected to  be leaders and get the others players read. He even referred to their leadership and motivation on the team as the “air traffic controller” for the other players.

As for Cameron Jurgens, Austin said he was previously a little more laid back but had grown into his role. The reps and time have built confidence and understanding.

>> Austin provided an update on Turner Corcoran, saying he’s “doing well. Minor setback but he’s progressing well and we should have him available here soon.”

Will he be ready for Illinois? Austin said Nebraska we’ll see, before laughing and adding: “No, he’ll be ready.”

>> Austin was also wearing Jurgens’ Beef Jurgy hat. With most of the team owning the shirts, Austin made one clear distinction.

“Everybody has a Beef Jurgy shirt but not everyone has a hat.”

>>Nebraska offensive lineman Jimmy Fritzsche announced via Twitter Wednesday that he is leaving the program. A redshirt freshman, Fritzsche had yet to appear in a game over two seasons at Nebraska. He is the ninth of Nebraska’s 27 signees in the 2019 class to leave the program.

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