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Frost: Nebraska Committed to Playing this Fall, Big Ten or Not

August 10, 2020

While other schools in the Big Ten canceled scheduled press conferences and practices Monday amid conflicting reports on the fate of football in the league, Nebraska held both––a mid-morning practice and a previously scheduled Zoom teleconference with head coach Scott Frost.

There was a lot to talk about. It was Frost’s first meeting with the local media en masse, but remotely, since June 16.

“We’ve been kind of intentionally quiet as we’ve been trying to deal with this, but I think it’s time to be a little more up-front with how we feel with a lot of things. I want to start out by saying how proud I am to be representing the University of Nebraska, the city of Lincoln and the state of Nebraska in my job. I can’t imagine being anywhere and representing people that I care about more than the job I’m in right now.

“There’s a lot of speculation, a lot of things swirling right now with what’s going to happen. I wish I had all of the answers. I don’t.”

The Detroit Free Press reported Monday morning that the Big Ten presidents had voted to cancel the fall football season, a report later contradicted by Lansing State Journal columnist Graham Couch who said the Big Ten presidents were scheduled to vote tonight at 6 p.m. Eastern.

And so it has gone over the past few days as new reports continue to circle but certainty remains in short supply.

One point Frost did make clear: Nebraska’s football staff and its university leadership is committed to playing this fall, with the Big Ten or without it.

“The leadership at the University of Nebraska has been incredible,” Frost said, mentioning Governor Pete Ricketts, University of Nebraska President Ted Carter, Chancellor Ronnie Green, Athletic Director Bill Moos and the Board of Regents.

On Monday, Rickets said college football was “absolutely something we can do here in Nebraska.”

According to Frost, the university is united around a similar sentiment.

“We’re committed to playing football at the University of Nebraska,” he said. “We’re a proud member of the Big Ten. I think it’s the best conference in the country. We want to play a Big Ten schedule. I think our university is committed to playing football regardless of what anyone else does.”

The Mid-American Conference postponed fall football over the weekend, the first Football Bowl Subdivision conference to do so. The Power 5 conferences have yet to make any such determinations, though many of the cancellation reports and rumors to this point have centered on the Big Ten. That has only bolstered theories that Nebraska and others could look for alternate scheduling methods if their conference shuts down.

Frost reiterated Nebraska’s desire to explore those options if it must.

“We want to play no matter who it is or where it is,” he said. “We’ll see how those chips fall. We certainly hope it’s in the Big Ten. If it isn’t, I think we’re prepared to look for other options.”

Senior cornerback Dicaprio Bootle said that following Monday’s practice he was joking in the locker room that the Huskers were “about to join the AFC North. We’re ready to play whoever. That’s how we feel right here.”

“Exactly,” junior quarterback Adrian Martinez said in response.

Senior Matt Farniok added that the Huskers would love to play in the Big Ten. “That’s our conference. That’s our home. If the Big Ten chooses to cancel, we’re 100% open to playing whoever wants to play.”

We’ll have more from Frost’s press conference throughout the day.

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