Nebraska coach Scott Frost receives one-year show-cause, suspension as NCAA investigation concludes

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per CBS:

Nebraska coach Scott Frost has received a one-year show-cause order and five-day planned suspension after breaking rules for countable coaches, the NCAA announced Monday. Additional penalties for the program include an extended probation until April 2023, a reduction of on-field coaches for two practices and a $10,000 fine.

The case was decided using the NCAA's negotiated resolution process, which is available when an institution does not dispute the facts of alleged violations.

"It is important fort he Nebraska Athletic Department and football program to put this matter behind us and turn our full attention to the upcoming season," said Nebraska athletic director Trev Alberts in a statement. "We are pleased with the outcome and believe the negotiated resolution is fair and equitable. At Nebraska we are committed to running an athletic department that is fully compliant with all NCAA rules."

The violation in question involved a former special teams analyst who "provided technical or tactical instruction to student-athletes" during practices, film sessions and games. Because of the special teams analyst's involvement, Nebraska exceeded the 10 allowed on-field assistant coaches. The violations took place during the fall 2020 season.


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Coaching staff suspended for 5 consecutive days during "the championship season". NCAA must be unaware that Nebraska does not play during said season
 




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Coaching staff suspended for 5 consecutive days during "the championship season". NCAA must be unaware that Nebraska does not play during said season
Championship season, according to USA Today article, includes regular season through bowl games.
Frost could serve this during one of their two open date weeks. Also, the Coaching staff isn't suspended as I read the penalties. He is and there's a non-coaching staff members removed from practice and competition for 5 consecutive days during "the championship season".
 


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Five day planned suspension, probation, and reduction of coaches for two practices.

That’ll teach ‘em
Meh. Punishment fits the crime, here.

They had an "analyst" (ie, a paid position that they aren't allowed, by rule, to call a coach, and I believe who isn't allowed, again by rule, to directly coach players) on the field during coaching, by mistake.

Not a very vigorous cheating attempt, in my book. Certainly didn't net them any great number of wins.
 



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Meh. Punishment fits the crime, here.

They had an "analyst" (ie, a paid position that they aren't allowed, by rule, to call a coach, and I believe who isn't allowed, again by rule, to directly coach players) on the field during coaching, by mistake.

Not a very vigorous cheating attempt, in my book. Certainly didn't net them any great number of wins.
The real crime is his coaching ability.

I hope this isn't the proverbial nail in the coffin for Frost, but it might be. As a Gopher fan, I'm a huge Frost backer.
 

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Meh. Punishment fits the crime, here.

They had an "analyst" (ie, a paid position that they aren't allowed, by rule, to call a coach, and I believe who isn't allowed, again by rule, to directly coach players) on the field during coaching, by mistake.

Not a very vigorous cheating attempt, in my book. Certainly didn't net them any great number of wins.

I’d argue this vignette illustrates how bloated and ludicrous the game has gotten. The special teams coach can’t be expected to…coach special teams players? Too busy on Bovada? There was a book called “Bulls*** Jobs, A Theory” which hypothesizes org bloat is partially driven by management ego and a need to feel important, have underlings. Could be.




“While the NCAA did not name the analyst in question, Jonathan Rutledge served as senior special teams analyst before he was fired in January 2021. Analysts are allowed to speak to coaches, but are not permitted to have direct contact with players. The NCAA alleged that the unnamed Nebraska analyst did everything from individualized film analysis with players to making calls during competition.

The Cornhuskers have notably struggled with special teams since Frost arrived and ranked No. 93 in SP+ special teams in 2020. They've ranked No. 111 nationally in net punting, No. 96 in kickoff returns, No. 87 in kickoff return defense and No. 105 in punt return defense. Nebraska hired Bill Busch as a full-time special teams coordinator in 2022. As an on-field coach, he is allowed to interact with players. “
 

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I’d argue this vignette illustrates how bloated and ludicrous the game has gotten. The special teams coach can’t be expected to…coach special teams players? Too busy on Bovada? There was a book called “Bulls*** Jobs, A Theory” which hypothesizes org bloat is partially driven by management ego and a need to feel important, have underlings. Could be.




“While the NCAA did not name the analyst in question, Jonathan Rutledge served as senior special teams analyst before he was fired in January 2021. Analysts are allowed to speak to coaches, but are not permitted to have direct contact with players. The NCAA alleged that the unnamed Nebraska analyst did everything from individualized film analysis with players to making calls during competition.

The Cornhuskers have notably struggled with special teams since Frost arrived and ranked No. 93 in SP+ special teams in 2020. They've ranked No. 111 nationally in net punting, No. 96 in kickoff returns, No. 87 in kickoff return defense and No. 105 in punt return defense. Nebraska hired Bill Busch as a full-time special teams coordinator in 2022. As an on-field coach, he is allowed to interact with players. “
Right.

Usually (from what I've seen), college teams name some position coach as the "special teams coordinator" and that person has to do all the things talked about in the above paragraph, in addition to the position coaching duties. I think Wegner ("Rush ends" coach for us) is that for us.

So perhaps they were trying to off-load that to an analyst and hope no one noticed that the guy was defacto a coach.
 

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It was a violation but the interesting bit here is who dropped the dime on Frost and why?
It had to be someone in the coaching staff or the athletic department.
No one else has a clue who is a consultant VS a full-time coach and how everyone on the staff spends their time.
 



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Championship season, according to USA Today article, includes regular season through bowl games.
Frost could serve this during one of their two open date weeks. Also, the Coaching staff isn't suspended as I read the penalties. He is and there's a non-coaching staff members removed from practice and competition for 5 consecutive days during "the championship season".
And I thought Championship Season at Nebraska was April, when they reset to being historically good and not an annual disappointment.
 

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It was a violation but the interesting bit here is who dropped the dime on Frost and why?
It had to be someone in the coaching staff or the athletic department.
No one else has a clue who is a consultant VS a full-time coach and how everyone on the staff spends their time.
They would, though, because such a person can't have "coach" in their job title. They have to be called an "analyst" or something like that.

So if you see any such person on the field where players are being coach, there you go.
 







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