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In Thursday's episode, Carriker discusses Scott Frost winning a national coach of the year award for the Golden Knights' undefeated season and what Husker fans' expectations should be for his Nebraska tenure.
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Here's a transcript from the show:
Welcome everybody to the Carriker Chronicles, the people's show, where we're checking the pulse of Husker Nation, brought to you by the Nebraska Spine Hospital, and it looks like #pinkeyegate is just about over. Thank God.
And yes, I'm fully well aware that I'm wearing the same shirt two days in a row. I just seems so appropriate for the topic of today's show. It's kind of like college all over again. At least I didn't pick it up off the floor this morning, when I got up, or did I?
Anyways, Scott Frost is the National Coach of the Year. First off, not a surprise, but well deserved. Congratulations to Scott Frost. He has taken UCF from 0-12 to 12-0. He's the National Coach of the Year, so the question that is on my mind is what is the reasonable amount of time to give Scott Frost to turn the Husker program around and make them into contenders once again? The general rule of thumb is anywhere from three to five years.
Now, if you're in that three-year camp, you're not wrong. That's kind of what people generally look at, but I'm not looking at a band-aid. I'm not looking at a quick fix, ladies and gentlemen. If that's what you're looking for, in three years, we might be looking for a new head coach, and I'm not saying that's what's going to happen. I believe Scott Frost is the right guy, but I err more towards five years.
He had seven years on his contract for a reason. They wanna give him a long runway. They wanna give him the opportunity to build this up the right way.
Now, he's got a good recruiting class. Mike Riley left him with a good class. Scott Frost and his crew have been recruiting like crazy. So in theory, he could redshirt all the players from this year's recruiting class, and in five years, they'd all be redshirt seniors, and every guy on the entire roster would be someone that Scott Frost had brought in, coached and developed through and for his system, from the walk-ons to the scholarship guys to the freshmen to the seniors.
You want him to build it from the ground up. You want him to build it the right way.
He's a young coach. He could be here for a long time. This is for the long-term and the long haul, ladies and gentlemen.
Now, I had a question on my mind because, at the press conference last Sunday, they referenced a couple times with Scott Frost and Bill Moos. They referenced a couple times why this is the right time for him to come in.
I'm like well, it's kind of obvious, ain't it? He's got coaching experience. He's turned a program around. He knows what it takes, but the more I thought about it...
Three years ago, Scott Frost never got a call, but let's say he had gotten the call, and he'd been the head coach of Nebraska. It wouldn't have been a bad thing. It would've been a great thing, but you look at how different the landscape was of Husker Nation back then. The expectations, the patience, maybe a little lack there of, but if you didn't win nine games, you were going to be gone. You were going to be gone quick, and that's what I want the expectations to be back again. Don't misunderstand me. Nine, ten, eleven wins, competing for championships, year in and year out.
But, what I'm saying is if things didn't work out right away, he might have been gone a lot quicker. Now, Husker fans, the expectation a little bit different. Two of the past three years, we've had losing seasons, very unfortunate. This past year we've had the most amount of losses we've had in 60 years. You look at the Minnesota game. They dropped 50-plus points on us, and then, they go out the next eight quarters and don't score a single point.
Feels like rock bottom. Okay, but there's always a silver lining, and there's a silver lining to rock bottom.
Now, Husker fans, they're not going to look back and say, "Well, he's not my guy. Is he gonna work out or not?" And, I'm not mocking Husker fans. I don't mean to be disrespectful, but what I'm saying is that Husker fans want Scott Frost to work out. He's one of our own. He's a native son. He understands what Nebraska's about. He's got a good future ahead of him. He is the most highly sought after free agent college football coach of the entire off-season, and we got him, and he's a Nebraska guy.
My point is it's the right time because he's going to get that long runway. He's going to get the opportunity to build this up the right way.
Look at next year's schedule, for instance. It's one of the toughest schedules I've ever seen a Husker football team have. If he just makes a bowl game, ladies and gentlemen, that's going to be considered a success, and then, he can build up to seven, eight, nine, ten win seasons.
Ladies and gentlemen, Scott Frost is the right coach, the right guy, at the right time.
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Erik Chinander, defensive coordinator
Chinander has spent the past two seasons as the defensive coordinator at UCF. A 2016 Broyles Award nominee as the nation’s top assistant, Chinander comes to Lincoln after leading a dramatic defensive turnaround. His UCF defense allowed 12.5 fewer points in 2017 than it did in the season before his arrival. Chinander’s defense also ranked fourth nationally in takeaways in 2017. Chinander spent the 2014 and 2015 seasons as the outside linebackers coach at Oregon, after serving on the Philadelphia Eagles defensive staff in 2013. Chinander has been on the staff of one FCS and two FBS teams that have played in a national championship game.
Troy Walters, offensive coordinator / wide receivers coach
Troy Walters served as Scott Frost’s offensive coordinator at Central Florida the past two seasons. One of the nation’s top assistant coaches, the 2017 Broyles Award Finalist has six years of Power Five experience in his nine years as a collegiate assistant.
Greg Austin, offensive line coach
A former Nebraska offensive lineman, Austin brings eight years of coaching experience to the Husker staff. Austin has spent a total of five seasons working on offensive staffs with Frost, including the past two seasons as UCF’s offensive line coach. Austin helped the UCF offensive line rank among the national leaders in fewest sacks allowed in 2017, while heading into the bowl season ranked first in the nation in scoring and fifth in total offense. Austin also has three seasons of NFL coaching experience, working on Chip Kelly’s Eagles staff from 2013 to 2015. Austin made 18 career starts as an offensive guard at Nebraska and was an honorable-mention All-Big 12 pick in 2006.
Jovan Dewitt, outside linebackers/special teams coach
Dewitt brings a wealth of experience to the Nebraska staff, with 18 overall years of coaching experience, including nine seasons as a defensive coordinator and four years as a special teams coordinator. Dewitt spent the past two seasons as the associate head coach at Central Florida, where he worked with the linebackers and served as special teams coordinator. In 2017, Dewitt’s linebackers helped UCF rank third in the AAC in scoring defense and pass efficiency defense. Dewitt has previous college FBS experience at Army and Florida Atlantic and worked on the staff at Northern Iowa from 2009 to 2011.
Mario Verduzco, quarterbacks coach
Verduzco brings 41 years of coaching experience to the Nebraska staff, including serving as both a junior college and high school head coach. Verduzco served as the UCF quarterbacks coach the past two seasons and directed the development of McKenzie Milton, who was one of the nation’s top quarterbacks in 2017. Milton completed better than 69 percent of his passes this season, while throwing for 3,795 yards and a school-record 35 touchdowns. Verduzco was Missouri State’s offensive coordinator in 2015, after a 14-year stint with Northern Iowa, working on the same staff as Frost for two seasons. Verduzco spent five seasons at Rutgers from 1996 to 2000, and prior to that coached for 19 seasons at various levels in his home state of California.
Mike Dawson, defensive line coach
Dawson brings 19 years of coaching experience to Nebraska, including the past two seasons on the UCF staff and three years of experience in the National Football League. At UCF, Dawson’s defensive line ranked fourth in the AAC in rushing defense in 2017 and two of his three starting defensive linemen earned all-conference honors. Dawson spent three seasons on Chip Kelly’s Philadelphia Eagles staff from 2013 to 2015, working with the defensive line. Dawson also has college coaching stops at several schools, including Boston College, Akron, New Hampshire, Pittsburgh and Maine.
Ryan Held, running backs coach
Held returns to his alma mater with 17 years of college coaching experience, including 12 seasons as a head coach. On Frost’s staff at UCF the past two seasons, Held has coached the running backs as the Knights led the nation in scoring offense in 2017, while ranking fifth in total offense. Held previously made a name in the coaching community as a successful junior college, Division II and NAIA head coach. Held served as a head coach at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M, Highland (Kan.) CC, Southwestern Oklahoma State, Oklahoma Panhandle State and Peru State. Held was a part of two national championship teams in 1994 and 1995 as a walk-on receiver for the Huskers, and began his college coaching career as a graduate assistant on Tennessee’s 1998 national championship team.
Travis Fisher, defensive backs coach
A former NFL cornerback, Fisher joins Frost’s staff after working on the UCF defensive staff for the past two seasons. Fisher’s defensive backs were a big reason why the Knights recorded 55 takeaways and scored eight defensive touchdowns over the past two seasons. In 2017, UCF ranked fifth nationally with 18 interceptions. Fisher had two defensive backs earn first-team All-AAC honors and UCF ranked in the top 20 nationally in interceptions. A former Knight cornerback, Fisher was selected in the second round of the 2002 Draft by the St. Louis Rams and played eight seasons in the NFL. He began his coaching career at UCF in 2013, spent one season at Southeast Missouri State and has been in Orlando the past three seasons.
Sean Beckton, tight ends coach
Sean Beckton will be a first-year Husker assistant in 2018 after previously spending his entire coaching career in Florida. A 22-year coaching veteran, Beckton spent 19 seasons coaching at Central Florida, his alma mater, including serving as the Knights’ tight ends coach and recruiting coordinator under Scott Frost the past two seasons.
Zach Duval, strength and conditioning coach
Zach Duval previously worked as a Husker student assistant (1994), graduate assistant (1995-96) and assistant football strength coach (1997-2002 and 2008). Duval spent the past two seasons as the director of sports performance for football at Central Florida, where he also oversaw the school’s entire sports performance department.