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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.
Today, I want to talk to you about the press conference with Bill Moos, Scott Frost, what’s going to happen for the Husker football program going forward, and what is next.
First off, keep in mind, for those who booed Scott Frost in 1996 that the next time you boo a Husker player, 21 years later you might want him to be the next head coach here at the University of Nebraska.
Yes, I am aware that I have pink eye. Bob Costas, I remember you from the Olympics. I’m a competitive guy, I always have to win, and Bob I’m coming for you, my man.
Now, for the press conference itself. You can see that Scott Frost was emotional. He just had a baby boy not long ago. And an emotional win yesterday. Conference championship. From 0-12 to 12-0. He was tired and hadn’t gotten a lot of sleep. But he handled it well. You could see that he was a guy that’s used to talking to the media. I loved his answers. You could almost see that he didn’t want to be there. Not that I didn’t want to be there, but you can see he is a former player who is a coach, who just wants to coach. He wants to be around the players, in the weight room, and on the practice field.
To me, it was written all over his face and, frankly, I kind of loved it. I can relate just a smidge.
He said that Tom Osborne was very key in getting him to come back to the Huskers. One thing I like is that Scott is obviously the head coach, but if he needs somebody to lean on, he has one of the greatest of all time. He can go right to coach Osborne. A guy that used to send him texts when he was with the Jets. 'Hey, Scott, how are you doing?' How is your rookie year going?' Scott can send him a text anytime he has questions about anything.
Not that he’s going to have a whole lot, I’m sure he knows exactly what to do.
When it comes to the UCF bowl game, he has already done some recruiting.
He’s already offered some 4-star recruits and hit the ground running. He wants to do that for the next two weeks until the dead period in recruiting hits and then he would, hopefully if everything works out, go back and coach UCF in the bowl game. In his words, he doesn't want to leave them without a head coach. Immediately, he would get back to recruiting and working with the team at Nebraska.
My thoughts are this. I’m a little bit conflicted about coaching UCF in the bowl game. I understand you don’t want to leave them without a head coach, but it’s hard to wear two hats at the same time when you only have one head. Ultimately, it’s his decision and he and Bill Moos will do what’s best for everyone involved.
As far as recruiting, I already mentioned, then hit the ground with the boots running. He likes some of the recruits that Riley already had committed. He is just going to continue that and that’s one of the things he’s going to do right off the bat, as soon as he left the press conference from what I understand.
One of the things he said about recruiting was “There are too many kids from this state right now playing at other schools.” Boom. I could not possibly agree anymore.
He also says he wants to get the walk-on program back to what it once was. He also said that he wants to unify the passion of the Husker program across the state of Nebraska and he wants the program to be something that fans and former players can get behind and be proud of.
He didn’t name any of his assistant coaches when he was asked, but he said that he likes the staff he had at UCF and he expects the majority of them to come and join him here at Nebraska. My first thought was, that did not work out very well with Riley.
But when you look at him and his staff, they got .500 results before and they did the same here. No disrespect in any way, shape or form to his staff. The facts are what they are.
Scott Frost and his staff have had a little better success at UCF, so if he wants to bring them with him, he knows what to expect. Trust, loyalty, continuity. I have no issues with that. My only question is, they didn’t play the greatest defense down there at UCF, so I hope he brings and defensive coordinator on board who can get the Blackshirts rolling.
When he was asked about possibly modifying his system for the Big Ten, and I love this, his quote was, “I hope the Big 10 has to modify for us.” I love it. That’s the type of mentality we need at Nebraska.
He met with Bill Moos face-to-face in Pennsylvania, the night before the Penn State game. He officially accepted the Nebraska Job earlier this week.
Now, ladies and gentlemen, what’s my take? He had so many great quotes, he was very direct, honest and forthcoming. Here’s one of my other favorite quotes that he had.
“I met with the team and told them to take Christmas off. When we come back, we’re going to work harder then everybody else. We’re going to get in the weight room and lift. We might not win every game, but we are going to be stronger, more physical and tougher than other teams. That’s what Nebraska football is all about. It’s going to take a lot of work and we are going to have more fun than they’ve ever had. I’ve seen it work before, and that's what we’re going to do here.”
So here’s my take, ladies and gentlemen. Scott Frost gets it. He even said it, football hasn’t changed a ton. It has evolved over time, but it hasn’t changed a ton. We need to get back to doing the things that made Nebraska so successful for so long. That’s what Nebraska is all about. The future is bright. They are going to build this thing right. They are going to build the program back right, so even if we do so stub our toe, it’s not going to come down like a house of cards.
I am going to continue to preach patience and unifying our passion across the state of Nebraska. There’s so much to talk about in the weeks to come and I can’t wait. Go Big Red and always remember… to throw the bones!
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Scott Frost | 2017-present
Nebraska hired Frost, a national championship-winning Husker quarterback, after he led Central Florida to an undefeated season.
Mike Riley | 2015-17 | 19-19 (.500)
Riley had the shortest stint as Husker head coach since Pete Elliott, who coached the team one season in 1956. A surprise hire by then-NU A.D. Shawn Eichorst, Riley clicked with fans off the field and won praise and appreciation for his handling of the Sam Foltz tragedy. But on the field, his teams struggled with week-to-week consistency and execution, losing games to underdogs like Purdue and Northern Illinois.
Pelini won at least nine games every season — including 10 in 2009, 2010 and 2012 — but his squads also lost four games each year he was coach. It ultimately became his inability to coach in big games — the Huskers went 9-17 against ranked opponents during his tenure — and temper that gave him a ride out of Lincoln. His 67 wins rank third among Husker coaches, behind Tom Osborne (255) and Bob Devaney (101). However, among the 10 coaches to spend five-plus years coaching NU, Pelini has only the seventh-highest winning percentage. Pelini is now the head coach at Youngstown State.
After leading Nebraska to its first losing season since 1961, Callahan’s teams saw slight improvement — winning eight games in 2005 and nine games in 2006 — but posted a 5-7 mark in his final season as coach. The seven losses were the most for a Husker team since Bill Jennings’ 1958 team. Among the 15 coaches who have spent three-plus years in Lincoln, only three have worse winning percentages. Callahan is now the offensive line coach for the Washington Redskins.
Solich has roots deeply embedded in Husker history. He was a part of Bob Devaney’s first recruiting class and was an assistant under Tom Osborne for 18 years before Osborne selected him as his successor in 1997. Solich won NU’s most-recent conference title in 1999 and made a national championship appearance in 2001. All 29 Nebraska teams Solich was a part of reached a bowl game. Solich has been the head coach of the Ohio Bobcats since 2005.
The playing field at Memorial Stadium is named after Osborne, which probably tells you all you need to know. His teams put together the best five-year stretch in college football history — including three national titles — going 60-3 from 1993-1997. He captured 12 conference titles, including six of his final seven seasons, and all 25 of his teams won at least nine games. His 255 career victories rank seventh all-time in Division I. He is one of four coaches to have the mandatory three-year waiting period waived for an induction into the College Football Hall of Fame. In 2007, Osborne became the athletic director until he retired in 2012.
Devaney left Wyoming for Nebraska, which had a losing record in seven straight seasons and 16 of the previous 20. He immediately led NU to a 9-2 record and a 36-34 win over Miami in the Gotham Bowl. This was the first of 40 consecutive winning seasons in Lincoln, and also the season where Nebraska’s sellout streak began. Devaney twice led his teams to four straight Big Eight titles and the first two national championships in 1970 and 1971. After 11 years, Devaney retired as coach and became full-time athletic director until his official retirement in 1993. During his time as coach, he won two national titles, eight Big Eight titles and five Orange Bowls, including three straight from 1970-72.
Jennings’ 1-9 record in his first season in 1957 was the worst in program history. The Huskers marginally improved to 3-7 in 1958, and finished 4-6 twice in 1959 and 1960. Jennings went 3-6-1 in his final season. Nebraska never won more than two conference games in a season under Jennings, but he does have one of the greatest upsets in college football history: A 25-21 win over Oklahoma in 1959 that snapped a 74-game conference winning streak for the Sooners.
Pete Elliott, at the age of 29, became Nebraska's youngest coach in modern history. Elliott left Nebraska after one season to coach California, and later coached at Illinois and Miami, finishing with a career coaching record of 56-72-1. Before coming to Nebraska, Elliott was a quarterback at Michigan, leading the Wolverines to a national championship in 1948, and was an assistant coach at Oklahoma from 1951-55. Elliott is the brother of “Bump” Elliott, who coached at Michigan and later served as the athletic director at Iowa. His nephew, Bob Elliott, briefly served as NU's safeties coach before passing away in July.
Masterson only won five games in two seasons, but he did have a .500 record against Big Six foes. He was signed to a five-year contract, which paid out $8,000 in his first season, $9,000 in his second and $10,000 over each of the final three. The former Husker, who played under Dana X. Bible, said “It’s going to be good to get back to Nebraska.” He was the athletic board’s top choice. However, after two tough seasons, pressure from fans and a tirade on the radio, Masterson quit in March 1948.
Clark is the only coach in NU history to hold the position on two separate occasions. His return to Lincoln was welcomed, Jack Donovan wrote in the Sept. 19, 1948 edition of The World-Herald. “He had built a popular following during his brief stay in 1945. Although his 1945 team won four, lost five, it was the steady improvement which won the plaudits of Cornhusker followers. ... Instilling in young men the desire to give that extra effort that produces victories is a Clark characteristic. He calls it ‘the old spinktereenum’ which given a free translation, means ‘pep and go.’ "
Lewandowski, who played under Ernest E. Bearg and Dana X. Bible at NU, took over the team during World War II. He was also Nebraska’s basketball coach from 1941-45.
Presnell had a much better professional playing career than coaching. NU won only three games in his one season. Before that, Presnell was a nine-year pro, eventually becoming an All-Pro in 1935. He once kicked a 54-yard field goal, which was a record until 1953. Until his death in 2004, the Gilead, Nebraska, native was the oldest living NFL player.
Jones took Nebraska to its first Rose Bowl, a 21-13 loss to Stanford after an 8-1 regular season in 1940. He ended his five seasons with two Big Six titles before leaving to serve in World War II. He entered the College Football Hall of Fame in 1954 and Nebraska Football Hall of Fame in 1971.
Bearg’s 1928 team won the first Big Six title in Nebraska history. His resignation was due to fan criticism for not using enough strategy and deception in his game, despite winning 74.2 percent of his games in four seasons. During his one year (1926) as basketball coach, the Huskers went 8-10. He entered the Nebraska Football Hall of Fame in 1988.
Dawson led the Huskers to three straight conference titles in his first three seasons and coached the first game in Memorial Stadium, a 24-0 win over Oklahoma in 1923. His 1922 and 1923 teams were the only ones to knock off the famed "Four Horsemen” Notre Dame squads. Dawson earned a spot in the Nebraska Football Hall of Fame in 1971.
Nebraska played as an independent during Schulte's two seasons, and he was better known for his track and field leadership abilities. He led NU’s track team from 1919-38, compiling 15 conference titles.
Kline, a professor at Nebraska, coached a team that was depleted due to World War I. After his lone season as coach, Kline went on to serve in the war himself before becoming Florida’s coach.
Stewart won Missouri Valley Conference titles in each of his two seasons with the Huskers before leaving to serve in World War I. He was also the basketball coach, going 29-23. Following the war, Stewart coached football at Clemson before coaching both football and basketball at Texas.
Stiehm was the first Husker coach to work year-round and owns the highest winning percentage of any coach in school history (other than Dr. Langdon Frothingham, who won the only two games he coached). Stiehm won at least a share of the Missouri Valley Conference title during each of his five seasons and was part of a school-record 34-game winning streak — 29 of which happened with him as the coach. He was the first Big East Conference coach to lead teams to both a basketball and football conference title in the same academic year. The Nebraska Athletic Board turned down a Rose Bowl invitation due to travel costs and denied Stiehm a raise, leading to his departure for Indiana.
After playing and coaching under Fielding Yost at Michigan, Cole led Nebraska to 25 wins over four seasons. His final game was a 119-0 win over Haskell, which is still a single-game record for NU.
Foster won more games than he lost during his one season with the Huskers. He then went on to coach Miami (Ohio), which he led to a 13-1 mark in two years. Overall, he went 30-9 during his five seasons as a head coach for three teams.
Booth’s first season — Nebraska's first being called the Cornhuskers — ended with a 6-1-1 mark. The following year, his team started a 24-game winning streak that stretched to 1904. In 1902, his team not only went undefeated but also didn’t surrender a single point. The 1903 team posted eight more shutouts en route to a perfect 10-0 record. Overall, the Nebraska Hall of Fame coach won 84.5 percent of his games. Booth earned just under $2,000 in his final season, which outdid any professor’s salary on campus. He left coaching to practice law.
Branch led Nebraska to its first losing season. They wouldn’t have another until 1918. He beat Drake 12-6 in Des Moines, but was outscored 154-43 during his lone season, leading to the worst winning percentage in Nebraska football coaching history.
Yost led Nebraska to its first eight-win season, his only one with NU. The following year, he led Kansas to a 10-0 mark. His most famous coaching stop in his Hall of Fame career was Michigan, which he led to six national championships during his 25 years there.
While Robinson’s stay in Nebraska was brief, it was still impactful. In 1897, he led the team to its first outright conference title. He later went on to coach Brown for 24 years, posting a 157-88-3 record. He is a part of the College Football Hall of Fame and Nebraska Football Hall of Fame.
Thomas, who was NU’s first assistant coach in 1892, took over after Frank Crawford left for Texas. Thomas took Nebraska on a long road trip that included a loss to Butte (Montana) and a victory over Denver. In his lone season, the team shared the Western Inter-State University Foot Ball Association championship. He went on to coach for Arkansas in 1901 and 1902.
The first paid coach in Nebraska history, Crawford led the team to its first share of a conference title in 1894 and was coach of the first African-American athlete in Husker football history — George Flippin. Crawford, a Yale graduate, led Michigan and Wisconsin before landing at Nebraska and eventually went on to lead Texas to a perfect season. While at Nebraska, Crawford earned roughly $500 a year — part cash, part free tuition in graduate school.
J.S. Williams, 1892, 2-2-1 (.500)
J.S. Williams went 2-2-1 in his one season as the Husker leader, defeating Illinois 6-0 in his debut.
T.U. Lyman | 1891 | 2-2 (.500)
Lyman wasn’t actually hired to be Nebraska’s coach, it was done as a favor. From a column published in The World-Herald on March 8, 1956: “Historians recall Nebraska’s worries when, without a coach, it was faced with the task of preparing for the first encounter with Iowa — in 1891. Finally, a Yale man named T.U. Lyman was secured to groom the Nebraskans. It was no consequence in those days that Lyman also happened to be the Iowa mentor. It may have been of some consequence, at that, after Lyman’s Iowans whipped Lyman’s Nebraskans, 22-0.”