Football coaches like to talk about culture. How to create it and how to keep it.
And Scott Frost does, too. Coaches may talk about it so much, Frost joked Monday on the “Jim Rome Show,” that it becomes a cliché.
But it’s still true. Culture matters, Frost said. Good attitudes in the locker room win games more often than not. And Frost said NU’s coaching staff has the Huskers back on “the railroad tracks” and headed in the right direction for 2019.
“I want our kids to feel like that they’re part of something that’s bigger than themselves,” Frost said. NU players now feel like they are — after struggling for all of 2017 and part of 2018, when the team lost its first six games.
Frost said the culture flipped last season after a 42-28 loss to Purdue, when team captains came up to his office and told Frost they were going to “demand change.” Nebraska was “onwards and upwards” from there. Frost said maintaining culture is similar to “constant gardening.”
“By the end of the year, we were battling and playing together and loving each other,” Frost said.
Frost said Nebraska was competitive with the two teams that reached the Big Ten championship game.
At Central Florida — which went undefeated in Frost’s second year — pieces didn’t fall into place until fall camp.
“I would love to see a leap forward in year two here,” Frost said.
More notes from Frost’s chat with Rome:
» Outside linebackers coach Jovan Dewitt is getting back to full strength, Frost said, after a spring of chemotherapy treatments for throat cancer. Dewitt was in Frost’s office Monday. Frost cited one of his mentors — NFL hall of famer Tony Dungy — as a person who always teaches coaches about keeping good priorities. Dewitt’s health is important, Frost said.
» Recruits who select Nebraska, Frost said, tend to be prospects who care about school, football and developing life skills for their lives after football.
“The type of kid who’s going to choose Nebraska and come to Lincoln is usually really serious about it,” Frost said.
The full benefits of the walk-on program, Frost said, won’t be seen “for a year or so.”
» Frost said he’s appreciative of the support of former NU players, including Ndamukong Suh, Ameer Abdullah, Ahman Green, Irving Fryar, Grant Wistrom and more.
» Frost praised the Husker fan support for the spring game, when 85,946 fans attended.
“Everybody thinks we have the best fans in the country,” Frost said. “We’re certainly convinced of it. ... I think it’s unlike most every place in the country.”
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