Nebraska fans really wanted Scott Frost, so says Larry the Cable Guy
For some Nebraska fans, Scott Frost might always be the one that got away.
The former Husker quarterback was considered a candidate for the head coaching job after Bo Pelini was fired at the end of the 2014 season. Instead, Nebraska went with Mike Riley while Frost engineered the Oregon offense to the national championship game.
A year later, Frost’s name surfaced as one of the top free agent coaching candidates again. This time, the Oregon offensive coordinator did land a head gig. He was hired at UCF, which was the only FBS team to go winless in 2015.
But according to Nebraska donor/comedian Larry the Cable Guy, that was a crushing blow for Husker fans.
“I know when he accepted the head-coaching position at UCF, there were a lot of upset (Huskers),” Larry, also known as Dan Whitney, told the Orlando Sentinel. “There was a big, huge ‘Doggone it!’ from Nebraska’s entire state population because we really wanted Scotty to be our head coach.”
Frost, a Wood River, Nebraska native, led the Huskers to a national title in 1997 and he was a grad assistant in 2003. He has experience coaching and playing both sides of the ball, too.
According to an Omaha World-Herald poll after Pelini was fired, Frost was the fan favorite to take over.
— Phil Brooks (@NebraskaPhil) January 17, 2016
As you’ll notice, Mike Riley’s name wasn’t even on the list. Frost, on the other hand, inspired the Facebook group “Bring Scott Frost Back to Nebraska.”
In the meantime, the Huskers will have to turn things around with Riley. But if six-win seasons continue in Lincoln and Frost turns around UCF, maybe Nebraska will get another crack.