That was December 2017, when a swaggering Frost had accomplished two sweeping successes that appeared to solid him as can’t-miss: a flip as Oregon’s offensive coordinator that included tutoring quarterback Marcus Mariota, who gained the 2014 Heisman Trophy in Oregon’s season as nationwide runner-up; and a flip as head coach at Central Florida, which went 12-0 in 2017 throughout Frost’s second season, prompted chatter a few self-declared nationwide championship and made the Frost-Nebraska rumblings unstoppable.
Such unmistakable momentum, plus Frost’s previous as each a local of little Wood River, Neb., and because the quarterback of the final of Nebraska’s 5 national-title groups (the co-champions of 1997-1998), prompted scores of Nebraska soccer dignitaries to collect in an in-person welcoming of Frost as an apparent wager to guide the Cornhuskers from fairly good again to routinely nice. Gov. Pete Ricketts declared Sept. 1, 2018, a commemorative “Scott Frost Day,” and the fanfare had Frost restoring the cherished program from profitable percentages deemed inadequate, such because the .551 below Bill Callahan (27-22), the .713 below Bo Pelini (67-27) and the .500 below Mike Riley (19-19), again towards the .829 of Bob Devaney (101-20-2 from 1962-1972) or the .836 of Tom Osborne (255-49-3 from 1973-1997).
Instead, this system with the adorned previous by no means reached any bowl sport below Frost, who went 4-8, 5-7, 3-5, 3-9 and 1-2, and developed an astonishing penchant for shedding shut games, a trademark of failed teaching. Those started with opening losses in 2018 to Colorado by 33-28 and Troy by 24-19, unsuspected hints of issues to come back. The file in one-score games would attain an astounding 5-22 file in games determined by one rating, 0-8 in Frost’s fourth season, 2021, a 3-9 downer that resulted in a pay reduce. The drudgery ended with a 45-42 residence loss Saturday to Georgia Southern, which drove 75 yards to attain the profitable landing with 36 seconds left, and whose new coach, Clay Helton, had met the same fate in the second weekend in September final 12 months at Southern California.
“Earlier today I met with Coach Frost and informed him we were making a change in the leadership of our football program, effective immediately,” Athletic Director Trev Alberts, additionally a former Cornhusker, mentioned in an announcement. “Scott has poured his heart and soul into the Nebraska football program both as a quarterback and head coach, and I appreciate his work and dedication.
“After the disappointing start to our season” — a 1-2 file counting a loss to Northwestern in Ireland and a win over North Dakota — “I decided the best path forward for our program was to make a change at our head coaching position. Associate head coach Mickey Joseph will serve as our interim head coach for the remainder of the 2022 season.”
Joseph, 54, himself a former Nebraska quarterback, has coached at 14 completely different excessive faculties, schools and an NFL staff, together with LSU from 2017-2021, which counted its nationwide championship 12 months of 2019. Joseph performed quarterback for Osborne from 1988-1991, largely as a backup, finishing 55 of 124 passes for 909 yards and dashing 180 instances for 1,091. Joseph turns into the primary Black coach in any sport at Nebraska.