Rather than take ownership of Nebraska's epic collapse, Scott Frost passed the buck
Scott Frost wears his heart on his sleeve. Over the course of the season, we’ve seen the Nebraska head coach address the media in a post-game press conference in a variety of ways.
He was discouraged after a 56-10 loss to Michigan, and angry following a 42-28 defeat to Purdue. Frost was encouraged by what he saw following the Huskers loss to Wisconsin. After all six losses, he’s expressed some sort of emotion.
But you know what we haven’t seen from Frost following any of the six losses? Accountability. And his lack of ownership of Nebraska’s 0-6 start, the worst in program history, smacked us all in the face after the Huskers blew a 10-point lead late in the fourth quarter against Northwestern.
After Nebraska let another win slip through its fingertips, Frost was asked how the Wildcats were able to produce a 99-yard scoring drive late in the game to knot the contest at 31-31 and force overtime, where his team would eventually lose.
“For one, I don’t call the defense,” Frost said.
Really, Scott? That’s your response to that question? After six straight losses and blowing a double-digit lead against an offense that ranks in the bottom half of the B1G, your response is “I don’t call the defense.
I hope Erik Chinander is feeling better after being pushed in front of that Greyhound bus that was barreling down the street.
All season, we’ve heard Frost preach about accountability and players buying into his regime. He wants a locker room full of “culture keepers” and not “culture killers.” Well, Scott, you broke your own rule.
It’s one of the greatest hypocrisies I find in college football, when a coach preaches accountability and responsibility, yet points the finger at those around him after a loss. Frost may not call the defense, but Saturday’s loss was most certainly on him.
The 0-6 start is on him. Does he even realize that?
Yes, I’m aware that Frost has entered the locker room after losses and placed blame on himself. I know the players have said that the outcome aren’t on the head coach. But the attitude in the press conference comes across much different than the message behind closed doors.
Following each loss, Frost has come up with some way to avoid responsibility. He’s blamed losses on a lack of depth and talent. He’s pointed to a lack of discipline and mental toughness. Now, he’s passing the buck to Chinander.
Look, I’m all for coaches being interesting and speaking their mind at the podium. I believe it gives college football a nice touch of flavor. And I 100 percent believe that all of the issues Frost has touched on are major problems within the program.
But guess what? Frost signed up for this. And guess whose responsibility it is to find ways to win? Last time I checked, coaches got paid a pretty handsome salary to figure that out.
Frost didn’t have any trouble taking responsibility for UCF’s undefeated season and Peach Bowl win last year. You know, the one that netted him a seven-year, $35 million deal to return to Lincoln. So why now, when things are a little bit difficult, is he not responsible for the team’s abysmal start.
Frost is new to the B1G, so maybe he should learn a thing or two from some of the coaches who have been in the league a few years.
James Franklin took the heat after a questionable fourth down decision in Penn State’s 27-26 loss to Ohio State a few weeks ago.
“That’s on me,” Franklin said. Is that sentence in Frost’s vocabulary?
Or how about P.J. Fleck, who’s only been in the league for a year-and-a-half? The Minnesota head coach took full responsibility for the Gophers’ 30-14 loss to Ohio State this weekend.
“Put the result on me,” Fleck said. “The loss is 100 percent on me. 100 percent. I just want our kids to focus on growing and getting better.”
That’s how you take ownership. Not with, “I don’t call the defense.”
I’m not going to pretend like I know what’s going on in the Nebraska locker room. Nor will I act like I know Frost on a personal level. What I do know, though, is that for a coach that has constantly preached accountability within his program, he seems to be passing blame an awful lot.
Maybe that’s why Nebraska is still winless. The Huskers have taken plenty of punches through the first half of the college football season.
It doesn’t help that the head coach is delivering some of the blows.