Tom Osborne's reassurance made Scott Frost 'feel a lot better' about Nebraska

Tom Osborne reassured Scott Frost the leadership in Nebraska was in place to succeed with Chancellor Ronnie Green, Athletic Director Bill Moos and President Hank Bounds.

Tom Osborne told Scott Frost that he would check out the Nebraska football program and get back to him.

“You know what he said?” Frost told Jim Rome on CBS Sports Radio Thursday afternoon. “He said, ‘I’m gonna take a hard look on what’s going on here and I’m going to tell you whether it’s right or not.’ ”

So the former coach checked it out, then told Frost that he liked what he saw in the leadership — particularly with new Athletic Director Bill Moos — and that it would be a good fit.

“When he gave me that OK, that made me feel a lot better about the opportunity,” Frost said.

Frost didn’t say when that conversation with Osborne was — likely in the past few months — but it highlights how influential Osborne was in Nebraska hiring Frost.

The night before being announced as coach, Frost again called Osborne. He talked for an hour about reservations he had accepting the job, which he took the next day after UCF’s 62-55 double-overtime win over Memphis.

Frost spoke with Rome for about 10 minutes Thursday. He said he kept tabs on the Husker program since he graduated in 1997 and won a national title.

“I’ve been a fan and watched Nebraska, and watching it from afar, sometimes I was proud and other times I didn’t think it was being done the way it needed to be done,” Frost said.

Frost gave two reasons he left UCF for Nebraska, and nowhere else. The first, he said, was because Nebraska is home. The second is it gives him a chance to win the right way.

“When I was at Nebraska, there wasn’t more class or a more successful football team in the country,” Frost said. “I have no reason to believe we can’t get that way again.”

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