The 2021 season is a pivotal one for Nebraska and fourth-year head coach Scott Frost, according to CBS Sports national college football writer Dennis Dodd. On Wednesday’s episode of the Cover 3 College Football Podcast, Dodd explained why Frost — especially as a Huskers new athletic director enters — is the most interesting hot-seat situation in the sport.
“The Nebraska situation is fascinating to me right now, even before Bill Moos had retired — and, by the way, that was in no way, shape or form a retirement,” Dodd said. “I just wondered what Nebraska was — what’s its brand, does the average 18-year-old think of it? With Scott Frost a few years ago being the hip, young coach who had the chops, who had the ability, who had the background and it’s just completely fallen on its face — 12 and 20 in his three years, I think. And going into Year 4, what does that look like? When I suggested he was on the hot seat last year — ‘Well, he just signed an extension, wait a minute.’
“And even now, I have people telling me, ‘He just needs time.’ Well, if you just need that much time in college football these days, that’s the school’s problem — it’s not the coach’s problem — because you’re probably waiting too long. So he has to go to a bowl game — at least — this year to turn things around. And they don’t look like they have the personnel to have it. Now, the guy that hired him, Bill Moos, was escorted out with a nice three-million-dollar severance package. You know, you don’t give somebody, if he quit — which is what they’re saying, he retired — you don’t give him $3 million five days later.
“But so, now, the new AD — whoever he is — did not hire Scott Frost. And what does that look like and what kind of pressure’s on him? I think the first pressure point we’ll see on that — I’d look very closely to see if the streak ends on Nebraska this year. They did not sell out for the spring game. Because of COVID, it was only half capacity. But they didn’t fill it. And that would be a huge indicator, if they do not have a sellout this year, the way things are going at Nebraska.”
Frost, whom Nebraska hired in December 2017, has gone 12-20 (9-17 Big Ten) through three seasons back at his alma mater. The Huskers, who went 3-5 against a Big Ten-only schedule in 2020, open Aug. 28 at Illinois.
“Dennis, I think it’s a really interesting one,” 247Sports origination editor and national recruiting analyst Bud Elliott said of Frost and Nebraska. “I think Nebraska is more likely than not to make a game. But they’re a school, I think, will benefit greatly on the recruiting trail from NIL (name, image and likeness). Right? Like, they have people who want to support the program. I don’t know that they always are pedal to the metal with how they do it currently … and there’s not very many other things to endorse in the state of Nebraska.
“Whereas, if you’re at Miami … there has been players getting endorsements. But the influencer market in Miami, it’s pretty crowded, right? There’s a lot of folks that go to Miami that are influencers. In Nebraska, you kind of could really corner that market. I’m interested to see if that job is more attractive now because of the influencer potential.”