Have Nebraska football questions? We’ve got answers. Join us every Wednesday for the Land of 10 Nebraska mailbag to talk all things Huskers. This week, we’ll discuss Scott Frost, Scott Frost and Scott Frost some more. There’s also a little on Gerry DiNardo’s Blackshirt comments and more, but it’s mostly about Frost.
What were your takeaway's from the Frost news conference yesterday?
— Michael Thomas (@mcthomas222) November 28, 2017
First, let’s revisit exactly what Frost said. When asked whether or not he would be at UCF next year, here was his response:
“I’m just not going to talk about it. All I want to talk about is this football team. I’ve said this a bunch of times. These guys have given me everything that I’ve asked of them, and bled and sweat for me. My focus is on this football team.’’
Maybe I’m reading into it too much (although I doubt that I am), but that reads to me like someone who isn’t planning on being back. I am not the only one feeling this way, as some of his comments really felt like the start of a goodbye.
So, to answer your question, my takeaway is that it’s only a matter of time until Frost departs UCF. Until then, he’s trying to stay focused on this team and the AAC Championship Game, and I find that commendable.
Do you think Frost brings whole staff with him from UCF? Thoughts on retaining Keith Williams? 🤔
— MicDonit (@mcdon_it_again) November 29, 2017
I do not expect Frost to bring his whole staff. In fact, I think that’s a bad idea for any coach, and it was one of my criticisms of coach Mike Riley. I think it’s about finding the right people for the job. If that means you bring them with you, great. If that means you find them from elsewhere, then great.
As for Keith Williams, he’s one of the three coaches I’ve offered up as a potentially good move for Frost to retain. The other two are John Parrella and Donte Williams. I think all three have value and could bring a lot to Frost’s staff, if he felt they were a good fit. It’ll be interesting to see what he decides.
Do you think our new coach will make contact with Bookie and Chase to get them back N?
— Delta Oscar Mike (@chill_out_dom) November 28, 2017
I imagine so, especially if either of the Williamses are retained on the new staff. I think it would be a mistake not to at least reach out to both Brendan Radley-Hiles and Chase Williams. There’s so much change at so many programs (such as UCLA, where Radley-Hiles just visited), so I think there’s an advantage for Nebraska there. Maybe neither will re-commit, but Frost at least needs to pick up the phone and find out for sure.
Random question – but what’s the likelihood that Kevin Steele would be a good fit for DC? Good that he had Huskers experience and has coached some good defenses – but he moves around quite a bit
— Sam Passer (@sampasser) November 28, 2017
Kevin Steele is a good coach, and he was the linebackers coach at Nebraska from 1989 through 1994 as you noted. He has jumped around quite a bit since 2007, but it was mostly between different jobs at Alabama and one stint at Clemson (as defensive coordinator/linebackers coach from 2009-11). He was then at LSU in 2015 as defensive coordinator/linebackers coach and now is the defensive coordinator at Auburn.
With that said, I think the SEC seems to be where he prefers to be. He’s even in consideration now for Tennessee’s open coaching position.
BTN Network seems to be experts on what Huskers need. Bye Blackshirts & hire Greg from OSU or Bret just yesterday alone. Your thoughts?
— wiN the game (@CoryHonold) November 28, 2017
I personally found Gerry DiNardo’s comments on the Blackshirts odd. It’s a tradition for Nebraska, so why would the Huskers be so willing to get rid of that? I can understand what his intent was, but it doesn’t mean that I agree.
With that said, DiNardo did respond to the reaction he received and told Land of 10 he didn’t intend to be disrespectful. He went into a little more detail on what he meant, and again, I can see what his point was. I still think it may have been misguided.
However, when it comes to commentators, their job is to offer a variety of scenarios and suggestions. The Big Ten Network is no different. I don’t fault them for suggesting a variety of coaches ― or changes to programs ― even if they don’t necessarily make complete sense. In terms of coaches, I think even they know it’s Frost or bust, so it’s just offering up additional names to keep the conversation going. And for what it’s worth, both individuals they mentioned ― Greg Schiano and Bret Bielema ― have Big Ten ties. I’m sure that played a part in it.
If Huskers don’t get Frost, (God forbid) do you think the Husker fan base will have a Twitter revolt similar to what happened in Tennessee?
— Tony Lowis (@RlowisTony) November 28, 2017
I don’t think so. That Tennessee reaction had a lot of layers to it, and I don’t see the revolt being quite the same. I could be wrong, but I think if Nebraska found a coach equally successful as Frost, there would be disappointment but it wouldn’t be complete chaos. Maybe I’m being too positive?
What option B or C IF we don't get Frost?
— Aaron Drury (@AaronEADrury) November 29, 2017
My Plan B was Matt Campbell, but he just signed an extension with Iowa State. I guess you can scratch him off the list. At this point, I think you’re looking at coaches such as Navy’s Ken Niumatalolo as a Plan B. I think Plan C is then maybe Wyoming coach Craig Bohl, or he might even be a secondary Plan B. There’s some good options still out there, but it would be fascinating to see how Bill Moos addresses that. Let’s just hope he doesn’t have to.
Do you agree or disagree with Moos' assertion of how much time it will take to build the #Huskers back up?
— Richard Rhoden (@Richard_Rhoden) November 28, 2017
I agree, only because I’ve looked at the 2018 schedule and it’s rough. Nebraska plays at Michigan, Wisconsin, Northwestern, Ohio State and Iowa. The Huskers then get teams such as Colorado and Michigan State at home. That’s going to be a difficult schedule to navigate, regardless of who is at the helm of Nebraska football.
I do think the next coach will need three to four years to show what he can do. In Moos’ case, he believes you know what’s happening by about Year 3. I think that’s fair. I don’t think Nebraska wants to be in the business of firing and hiring coaches every three years, but I also don’t think that’s the plan either.
How do we replicate volleyball's success in football and basketball?
— Salt Creek and Stadium, where winners win (@SaltCreekGBR) November 28, 2017
The answer is simple: John Cook coaches everything.
Is Bill Moos or Austin Rose the better name that's also a sentence? Also how does only one Nebraska football player have a name that's also a sentence?
— Ryan Ginn (@rmginn) November 28, 2017
I’m going to have to go with Bill Moos. As for your second question, I just spent a ridiculous amount of time going through Nebraska’s depth chart and trying to find others. I was not successful, so thank you for that.
What will Scott Frosts eat for his first meal back in Nebraska?
— Whitney Weeks (@TheWeeksy) November 28, 2017
Best stadium munchies you had this year…and were the hot dogs cold?
— Jim (@Komoval) November 28, 2017
The Choco Tacos at Illinois were a welcome surprise. I also liked all of the popcorn and chips that Penn State had. You can’t beat Minnesota’s Dilly Bars, though. That was great.
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