Barfknecht: Scott Frost’s résumé suggests he is indeed ready for Nebraska job
LINCOLN — Most Nebraska football fans learned long ago not to pay much attention to what ESPN analyst Lee Corso says.
Remember, it was Corso who picked Florida to beat the Huskers in the 1995 national championship game at the Fiesta Bowl. Final score: NU 62, UF 24 … and it could have been worse.
Anyway, Corso stirred the pot Saturday on a “College GameDay” segment about Nebraska firing Athletic Director Shawn Eichorst, and the possibility of looking for a new football coach.
Corso opined that the 42-year-old Scott Frost “is not ready for the job yet.”
That’s fine. Corso is paid to say things that get a rise out of people. Columnists are paid to report, research facts and see where the facts lead before forming an opinion that sometimes gets a rise out of people.
So what are Frost’s football qualifications?
Coming out of Wood River, Nebraska, he impressed Stanford coach Bill Walsh, an NFL Hall of Famer, enough to earn a scholarship and spend two years under the man known as “The Genius” for his offense.
Oh, and Frost’s first college touchdown pass? It went to David Shaw, current Stanford coach.
Frost transferred to Nebraska, where he spent three years under Tom Osborne, a College Football Hall of Famer, and won a national championship. In four NFL stops in six years as a defensive back and special-teams grunt, Frost worked under NFL star coaches Bill Parcells, Bill Belichick and Jon Gruden.
Once Frost entered coaching, he sought no favors.
Starting at a low rung, he took graduate assistantships at Nebraska in 2002 and Kansas State in 2006. At KSU, fellow staff members included current Penn State coach James Franklin and former Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Raheem Morris.
Frost’s first full-time job was at FCS Northern Iowa, where he became co-defensive coordinator his second year. The Panthers reached the national playoffs both seasons.
The next stop was Oregon, where Frost returned to the offensive side under Chip Kelly, who later went on to the NFL’s Philadelphia Eagles. Frost, who eventually became offensive coordinator, helped lead the Ducks to national championship games in 2010 and 2014.
Last year, in Frost’s first year as a coach at Central Florida, the Knights went from 0-12 to 6-7 and a bowl game. This season, they are 2-0 after Saturday’s 38-10 road thrashing of Maryland.
So is this an endorsement of Frost to become Nebraska’s next coach?
That’s not a job for today. More facts await gathering. But we clearly have enough data already to know Corso is wrong again.
Nebraska A.D. update
Here’s what we know about Nebraska’s work this week to find a new athletic director after the firing of Eichorst:
» Current Husker coaches have been told to be available early in the week to meet with search-firm personnel.
» Discussions are continuing with former Husker All-America center Dave Rimington to become interim A.D. Sources with knowledge of the situation told The World-Herald that Rimington has interest as the interim, and perhaps in the future as a full-time member of NU athletics.
Injuries to key Big Ten position players are piling up. On Saturday, quarterbacks took the brunt of the blows.
Maryland saw its second starting quarterback in three games sidelined with what apparently was a serious leg injury.
True freshman Kasim Hill was carried off the field by trainers with his legs not supporting his weight after getting tackled on a scramble in the first quarter of the loss to Central Florida. Coach DJ Durkin declined to speculate on the severity of the injury until further medical tests were done.
In Maryland’s opener — an upset of Texas — then-No. 1 quarterback Tyrrell Pigrome was lost for the season with a torn ACL. If Hill also is out, that leaves sophomore Max Bortenschlager as the only healthy scholarship quarterback.
At Michigan, starter Wilton Speight left the 28-10 win over Purdue in the first quarter after taking a hard hit to the head and neck. He was taken for X-rays and didn’t return. Backup John O’Korn, a transfer from Houston, led the Wolverines to 21 points and 292 yards in the second half.
Purdue also saw starting quarterback David Blough reinjure his throwing shoulder, which first troubled him in fall camp. Coach Jeff Brohm said he’s unclear how soon Blough can return. The Boilermakers have an open date this week.
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