ESPN analyst Kirk Herbstreit on Scott Frost to Nebraska: Not so fast, my friend

Ready to put Scott Frost to Nebraska in stone? Kirk Herbstreit’s got five words for you:

Not so fast, my friend.

“First, we’re all assuming he’s going to take the job, but then I hear rumors that he’s going to take the Florida State job,” said Herbstreit, the longtime ESPN/ABC college football analyst who spoke with Land of 10 Thursday morning as part of a media tour to promote his work with Allstate’s All Hands In initiative this fall.

“Personally, from a story perspective, I’d love to see him go back to Lincoln. I’d love to see him go back to the school that he won a national championship with in 1997. I think it would be incredible. And I think nobody knows, really, what it takes [to win there] better than Scott Frost, from having lived it.”

It is expected that Frost, a Wood River, Neb., native and quarterback of the last Big Red team (1997) to a win a national title, could be introduced as Mike Riley’s replacement as soon as this weekend. In the meantime, the 42-year-old coach’s current squad, the 11-0 Central Florida Knights, faces Memphis (10-1) in the American Athletic Conference championship game on Saturday afternoon.

Frost sports a 17-7 record at UCF in just two seasons in Orlando, having inherited a team that finished the season 0-11 in 2015 and having made a major impression in the football-mad Sunshine State.

Florida (4-7) recently replaced Jim McElwain with Mississippi State’s Dan Mullen, while rival Florida State (5-6) could become the next blueblood with a big-money opening to fill.

ESPN is reporting that Texas A&M, which fired Kevin Sumlin earlier this week, is prepared to throw Nick Saban/Dabo Swinney dollars at Seminoles coach Jimbo Fisher; A&M’s board of regents could green light the budget for a formal offer as soon as Thursday, and who knows which dominoes fall after that?


Presuming our man at the North Platte Wendy’s is on the ball and the native son is coming back home again, Herbstreit has six more words for the Cornhuskers moving forward:

Where you gonna get the speed?

“When I think back to those Nebraska teams, they recruited California, Florida and New Jersey really well,” the analyst continued. “And I guess I would ask Scott, ‘What’s your plan?’ Because the teams you played on had players from those states, and from Texas as well. Where do you go to bring in the great athletes who want to play in the Big Ten and be a part of the offense that you want to run?

“He’s coaching, and running plays, for an offense that’s a much different style than he played in under Tom Osborne. It’s a lot more of a Chip Kelly flavor.”


“So I think I’d love to see it happen,” Herbstreit said. “I don’t know if they have a quarterback right now on their roster who can run it, just knowing the depth there [after] the starter, Tanner Lee. To fit it, you know, he has to have a dual-threat guy — like if they had Scott Frost on their roster. All kidding aside, that’s what it takes with that kind of offense, to run that offense well.

“So those are the answers. I don’t want to sit here and speculate that within three years he’ll have them winning national championships. I want to know if he’ll be able to recruit players to Lincoln. Is that still doable?”

For better or worse, we’re probably all about to find out.

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