Athletic Director Bill Moos believes ‘fractured’ NU fan base was healed with Scott Frost hire

NU Athletic Director Bill Moos said he has seen signs that the Scott Frost hiring has helped bring together the Husker fan base. “Our great fan base, I even will go as far to say, it was starting to get apathetic and a few signs of fracture,” Moos said. “That seems to be all healed.”

LINCOLN — Two days after he hired Scott Frost, Bill Moos’ phone rang.

It was Frost. He was on the road recruiting.

“Hey, Bill,” Frost said on the other end. “I just want to say I’m so glad I’m back here. This thing is going to be great.”

Moos, on the nightly radio show on the Husker Sports Network, said that was the moment he realized the football program is kicking into high gear.

And on all fronts, all is well in Nebraska sports.

“Our great fan base, I even will go as far to say, it was starting to get apathetic and a few signs of fracture,” Moos said. “That seems to be all healed.”

Moos hired Frost less than two weeks ago, but he has already received a mountain of praise for it. From the fan base and from his peers around the country, he received “two thumbs up,” Moos said.

Frost is currently working two jobs as the coach at UCF and Nebraska. Moos gave his blessing for two reasons.

“First, he and that staff turned that program around, dramatically, and he’s the kind of coach that really cares about his players,” Moos said. “He deserved and earned it. I fully felt that he was organized enough and bright enough to figure out how to do both jobs.”

The second reason: Moos called the Peach Bowl a “3½-hour infomercial” for Nebraska football.

Other notes from Moos’ radio hour:

» He was more than OK with Frost hiring his entire UCF staff. “I hired the head coach, and he or she hires the staff. And at the end of the season, we talk about if the staff isn’t working.”

» Moos said he had a meeting Wednesday about Memorial Stadium’s seating, particularly about widening seats to make it a bit less snug. “We’ve got to continue to invest in order to be successful,” he said. “We do have a plan, and comfort of our fans and ease of access is very important for us.”

» Sales of Nebraska apparel have gone up since Frost was hired, according to Moos.

“Just like popcorn and hot dogs and season tickets, they’re going to increase when people are excited and like the direction of the program.”

» According to Moos, it was Frost’s idea to keep the hire quiet. The deal between Nebraska and Frost happened on the Monday before Thanksgiving.

“The irony of it was it was maybe more of a distraction than it would’ve been if we would’ve gone ahead and made it public,” Moos said. “But that’s what Scott wanted and I honored that.”

» Moos was in New York, so he was not able to see Nebraska basketball’s upset win over previously ranked Minnesota.

“I was hopefully the first to congratulate Tim (Miles) and his guys,” Moos said. “That’s a big win, a real confidence builder early in the season.”

Moos said he’ll try to make the rest of the home games.

» Moos fielded a question about the walk-on program and said the cost of attendance at universities across the country is the main hurdle in getting Nebraska back to 1990s levels with the walk-on program. But he said he’d like to get it at least part of the way back.

The other hurdle: Title IX requirements.

“Once you’re on a squad list, that counts as a male participant,” he said, “and you have to make sure that falls in line in the equation of equality and with being in compliance with Title IX requirements.”

But Moos said he’s been in talks with former coach Tom Osborne about ways to bolster the walk-on program.

“We want to make sure every boy growing up in Nebraska can have that dream of playing in Memorial Stadium,” Moos said.

» Moos said he’s headed to Kansas City with some NU staff members to watch the Huskers in the NCAA volleyball final four.

“I’m looking forward to it. I really am,” he said. “And I hope I can go back down there on Saturday.”

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