Scott Frost 'dying' for chance to coach after growing older, wiser from disappointing Nebraska tenure

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Per CBS:

Scott Frost is available. Actually, Scott Frost is more than available.

"For the first time in my life, I don't know what's next," the former Nebraska coach told CBS Sports. "I'm dying to get back in."

You don't see many national coach of the year winners as young as Frost, 49, without a job, but these are different times and unique circumstances.

Earning multiple coaching honors after leading UCF to an undefeated season and New Year's Six bowl win over Auburn in 2017, Frost went back home to Nebraska for a chance to lead his alma mater.

This meant more than just the comfort of going home. The native son from Wood River, Nebraska, starred at quarterback for the Cornhuskers and won a national championship -- the program's last in 1997 -- after transferring from Stanford.

The prodigal son returning did not result in a happy ending. Two hiring cycles have passed since Frost was fired after a 1-2 start in 2022. Fifty-two schools have changed coaches since, some of which gauged Frost's interest.

The experience made him older and wiser. He may be anxious to get back, but at one point during a 70-minute conversation, Frost pulled out his phone and proudly showed videos of his young son playing touch football. These are the days you can't get back. He knows that.

Frost also knows he lasted longer than the athletic directors who hired and inherited him. Bill Moos retired in June 2021 after three years and eight months on the job. Trev Alberts, a fellow Nebraska legend, inherited -- and later fired -- Frost. He recently left for the same role at Texas A&M after only 32 months on the job.

Nebraska also cycled through three school presidents during Frost's tenure. That may say more about the administration than Frost, who put in eight years at his alma mater between playing and coaching.

The former Huskers quarterback chooses not to reflect on those days. In fact, he prefers not talking about Nebraska.

"This is bad to say to a media guy, but I've never wanted to be a critic," Frost said. "I've wanted to be in the arena."

The "arena" to which Frost is referring is the coaching profession.

Over breakfast at a Scottsdale eatery, Frost agreed to discuss the past, the state of the game and his future. It's clear he will be back coaching even if that means working his way back up the ladder.

Frost is comfortable living in Scottsdale with his three young children. He has time to plan. The family prefers the location so much that it might be hard moving back to a small college town. The NFL also remains an option. In the end, though, Frost has 15 million (the amount of his Nebraska buyout) reasons to take his time.

"My whole life I was a little league player and a high school player and then a college player and then an NFL player and then a [graduate assistant], and then a position coach, then a coordinator and then a head coach," Frost said. "It was on a trajectory, and I knew what was next."


Go Gophers!!
 







I think if he gets his drinking problem under control he could be a good Oc hire for someone
 


If I were some lower level program I might try him to see if maybe he’s just good at smaller programs like UCF / or smaller.

But I’d be ready to choose another option too….
I think he recruits high level talent but struggles coaching against teams where the talent gap is narrow so I agree. He should go back to a G5 program where he can bring in some 4* and solid 3* recruits and overmatch opponents.
 



I saw a car the other day in the grocery store parking lot with a license plate frame that said "Nebraska...The Frost Effect". Do they not own a screwdriver? It's been 1 1/2 years. :LOL:
 

Wow...Dennis Dodd put on some nice designed kneepads to make it look like Frosty should be the sympathetic character in this drama.
 


I think he recruits high level talent but struggles coaching against teams where the talent gap is narrow so I agree. He should go back to a G5 program where he can bring in some 4* and solid 3* recruits and overmatch opponents.
A little of this. 2 things also:
1) his offense style leaves his QB vulnerable to big hits and in the SEC and Big ten this style of QB run first type offense hasn’t been able to sustain success. The QB can run and it helps if they do, but if it is QB run as option #1 you fall apart quickly if they QB gets dinged.

2) your point is even more true on the defensive side of the ball. As a head coach he seemed to do nothing with the defense. At UCF his coordinator could just out talent East Carolina and FIU. His unbeaten UCF squad gave up 25 a game, but it’s fine because he was playing against bad defenses and they could just outscore everyone.
 



If Scott Frost means what his says he would volunteer @ an inner city high school or HBCU. Problem solved without threat of death. A good journalist would have asked that question. Scott Frost only cares about Scott Frost which shows thru his interviews, coaching & transferring players.
 

I think if he gets his drinking problem under control he could be a good Oc hire for someone
Agree. He may be "dying" for a coaching job, but that must be preceded by "drying out." Not showing up for early practices, etc. because of hangovers doesn't work at most college level programs.
 

This guy is old school dr Tom and Alvarez trained. Had he won at NE he would have been an unholy terror.
 

He can be picky with some of the $$ he's made, but I could see him as OC in the B1G/12/SEC in due time. The right combo with the right HC and he'd be just fine.
 

He's too arrogant and ignorant to admit and understand that he's why he failed at Nebraska. You need to actually work to succeed at the P4 level and not do the excuses thing over and over. Wasn't he statistically worse than Brewster? Who was an objectively worse coach but actually tried and strung together a couple of winning seasons.
 

Frost is $8M+ richer because Trev Alberts couldn’t wait a few weeks to fire him. And, fire him only two weeks into the season. Now Alberts is at A&M, who are well-known for wasting copious amounts of school funds. Birds of a feather. As an aside Alberts tried hiding Frost’s contract details (including that he had to win 6 games to be extended) behind the personal information exemption to FOIA requests LMAO. That is reserved for things like medical information, trade secrets, national security risks. Not being a dumbass.

Nebraska is now paying $50M in aggregated buyouts to former coaches and ADs. Nebraska has little respect for their fans…
 

Agree. He may be "dying" for a coaching job, but that must be preceded by "drying out." Not showing up for early practices, etc. because of hangovers doesn't work at most college level programs.
Agree. I did a little reading and there would surely be extra risks with hiring him. There are no sure ways to hire someone risk-free, but he certainly has some baggage.
 





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