Nebraska announces two-year contract extension for coach Scott Frost

Nebraska coach Scott Frost is 8-13 in his first 21 games with the Huskers.

LINCOLN — Even during present struggles — including a 37-21 loss to Wisconsin on Saturday — Nebraska coach Scott Frost likes the future direction of Husker football. So do his bosses.

Two hours before kickoff Saturday, Nebraska Chancellor Ronnie Green and Athletic Director Bill Moos announced a two-year contract extension for Frost, who had originally signed a deal through the 2024 season upon his arrival at NU in 2017. His reworked contract — still worth $5 million per year — goes through the 2026 season.

“I’m grateful to the leadership here and I’m grateful to the fan base for believing in us,” Frost said in his postgame press conference.

Green visited Frost’s office on Friday to discuss the extension, which came on a weekend where Nebraska hosted seven official visitors for recruiting.

“Two years ago, we had the tremendous opportunity to bring Scott Frost home to Nebraska to lead our football program into the future,” Green and Moos said in a joint statement. “We are even more committed to that decision today. Coach Frost has shown tremendous leadership in beginning to rebuild our football program. We appreciate that a change of this nature will not happen overnight. We are committed to Scott and the direction he is taking this program. Scott is the right coach at the right time for this program.”

Frost is 8-14 in his first 22 games at Nebraska and has not yet secured a bowl berth for the 2019 season. He has overseen a massive roster expansion and even more significant roster turnover since his arrival. More than half of NU’s roster is composed of freshmen, and the current locker room — capacity 125 — is not big enough to hold 150 men. The Huskers are on track to open a $155 million football facility in 2022.

In an on-field interview before the game, Moos said he understands Husker fans are “frustrated” with NU’s record. He is, too.

“But we’re in it for the long haul in building a program,” Moos said as seven recruits on official visits stood at midfield. “And it’s going to take several years. I’ve said that all along. Scott knows it. We’re all working very hard. We’ve got the new building that’s going to be under construction shortly. We got our air fleet all geared up for our recruiting piece. It just made sense to do it now. I was going to do it anyway. This, I think, is a good piece for good morale and some energy within our team and our program.”

Moos said NU is “probably a couple years away” from having consistently winning teams.

“But my feeling has always been throughout my career, you build the program, make sure it’s solid, then the program will produce the winning teams,” said Moos, who discussed the extension with Green on Friday. “We’re working on building the program.”

Frost said “everybody, including me” hoped NU would have a strong season. The team is far away and yet closer, at the same time, than it has been.

“A few more pieces, a few more plays, and this whole thing looks different,” Frost said. “It’s not going to happen until we have a team that’s ready to go make it happen, and we are trying to get them there every single day.”

Quarterback Adrian Martinez said he was glad Frost got the extension.

“I think Coach Frost deserves it and he is going to get this thing right,” Martinez said. “Ultimately, it is going to be up to us as the players to go out there and execute.”

Frost’s contract extension is the latest move among Big Ten West teams. In early November, Minnesota signed P.J. Fleck through 2026. Northwestern’s Pat Fitzgerald and Iowa’s Kirk Ferentz are also signed through 2026. Earlier this year, Purdue signed Jeff Brohm through 2025 and Wisconsin renewed Paul Chryst’s standard five-year contract through 2024. After qualifying for Illinois’ first bowl since 2015, Lovie Smith is likely to get an extension on his contract that currently runs through 2023.

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