Frost Generates Excitement, Unity in Introduction
As Scott Frost wrapped up his introductory news conference Sunday at Memorial Stadium, one of some 400 spectators on the third floor club level summed the proceedings in a way most Nebraskans would surely agree.
“I only felt better,” the man said, “the more he talked.”
To be sure, Frost won over not only the former players, teammates, coaches, staff members and friends in attendance, but the tens of thousands of fans who watched on TV or the internet across the state and country.
Some 105,000 viewers tuned into the Nebraska Facebook page to watch Frost, the Nebraska native and national championship quarterback for the Huskers, describe how he would return Nebraska football to the glory days.
The highlight came when a reporter asked Frost, who compiled an 18-6 record in two seasons at Central Florida, including a 12-0 mark this season, how his style of offense might have to adapt to the Big Ten Conference.
Frost gave a steely, cold, serious stare as he answered, “I’m hoping the Big Ten has to modify their system for us.”
That generated the loudest cheers and applause on a day Nebraska’s “favorite son,” as new Director of Athletics Bill Moos described Frost, returned home.
“Words can’t describe how much it means for me to come back here to a place I love, a place I understand, a place I want to represent,” Frost said.
Less than 24 hours earlier, Frost was coaching his UCF team to a thrilling conference title victory over Memphis. Late Saturday night, he arrived in Lincoln, and by Sunday morning, some 150 former teammates greeted Frost in the Ndamukong Suh Strength and Conditioning Center.
The gathering was a surprise to Frost, who smiled and greeted the happy bunch.
“Thanks for coming, boys! Let’s get this thing right, huh?”
They responded with cheers.
“I don’t know what to say to you guys, other than come help me do this,” Frost told them. “We’ve all been watching for a long time, and I want to make it what it was, so I need all your help. You guys made this place special, and I want to get it there again.”
“Being able to see a coach that has done it as a coach and a player – he’s a champion on the field, he’s a champion when he’s coaching,” he said. “I’m really excited for this guy. I feel like he’s going to be what we need. It’s going to work out well for us.”
Said Frost of the team meeting: “I saw a lot of fire in their eyes. They looked excited. A lot of them came to my office afterwards.”
Frost, who has a seven-year contract, said he’s not yet ready to name his entire new staff, and said he would spend the next two weeks recruiting hard, while noting the previous staff had done a good job with recruiting. He is not yet certain on how or if he will be involved in coaching his former UCF team in its bowl game, but reiterated recruiting is very important until the dead period.
A general theme Frost cast throughout his news conference was returning unity to the program, noting the state of Nebraska is “hungry” for it. At times, Frost said he didn’t recognize the Nebraska he viewed from the outside.
But upon his return, he knows the program has the facilities and the administrative support need for success.
“I say the time is right, because everything is set up here for us to do what we have to do to get this place back, and I know with all the support of the people in this state, and all the former players and the leadership on this university, I know we can get it done.
“We’re going to do things in a way that the people of Nebraska can be proud of. We’re not going to win every game that I coach here, and we’re going to lose a few. We might make some mistakes, but I know that the people are going to be able to get behind what we’re doing here because we’re going to do everything the right way, and we’re going to do everything with the right moral compass, and we’re going to do everything in a way that’s going to make Nebraska proud.”
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