Is Nebraska Firing Scott Frost After Latest Embarrassing Loss?
Is Nebraska firing Scott Frost after his latest embarrassing loss?
For the moment, the answer to that question appears to be no. But things can change quickly.
On Saturday night, Nebraska and Ohio State met in a Big Ten showdown that many suggested might be the latter team’s first real test of the year.
What ended up transpiring instead was a one-sided beatdown courtesy of the Buckeyes that firmly established them as the class of the conference.
Nebraska quarterback Adrian Martinez was intercepted on three of his team’s first four series en route to seven total points on the day.
Conversely, Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields did pretty much anything he wanted all game long before finishing with three passing touchdowns and one rushing one.
The Buckeyes scored on their first six possessions and led 38-0 after two quarters of action.
Meanwhile, the Cornhuskers didn’t go over 100 yards of total offense until late in the third quarter.
The entire game just offered a very stark contrast in terms of where the two programs were.
After the game, Frost stepped up to the podium and took his lumps for how things transpired on Saturday.
“We’re all disappointed,” he said.
“I thought we had a puncher’s chance if we came out and played a really good game, and we didn’t, so that’s the end result.
“I told the team we can’t doubt for a second where this is going, what we’re doing to get it there, the improvement we’ve made.
“I want the guys to go to bed tonight and put this behind them.”
The big problem for Frost and Nebraska right now is not that they could not beat Ohio State.
Nobody expected them to.
The Buckeyes are legitimate powerhouse and would give any one of the nation’s top teams fits.
The problem for Frost and Nebraska is that they weren’t even competitive.
They now sit at 3-2 for the year after being hyped up before the season began as legitimate contenders to challenge in the conference.
When Frost took the job a few years ago everyone knew this would be a process – but everyone expected a bit more progress would be made up to this point.
$11,954,166: What Nebraska has paid for Scott Frost through this week.
Frost has earned all but $3 million of that, which went to UCF for the buyout.
After tonight, his record in Lincoln will be 7-10.
— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) September 29, 2019
Through this weekend, Nebraska has paid nearly $12 million for Frost’s services.
He has earned almost $9 million of that.
What have the Cornhuskers gotten for that massive financial investment?
A 7-10 record.
Still on the agenda this year for Nebraska are games against Minnesota, Indiana, Wisconsin and Iowa.
It is difficult to see the Cornhuskers emerging from those outings with anything better than a .500 record.
That means for the year Frost will likely finish with at least four losses on his resume – and possibly more.
Is that really worth the money he is being paid?
It will certainly be interesting to see how long Nebraska brass sticks with their highly-prized (and priced) coach if things do not turn around quickly at some point over the next few weeks.