Scott Frost says Huskers fear sitting out more than virus
Nebraska was one of the loudest programs in pushing for a fall football season in 2020. Even when the outlook of playing looked awfully bleak, the Huskers continued to push towards a reinstatement.
Football is coming back to the B1G this fall and head coach Scott Frost and the Huskers couldn’t be happier. Even though it will look much different with no fans in the stadiums across the league, at least the conference will be back on the field.
Thursday night, Frost talked about the mentality of his team as Nebraska navigates playing football during a pandemic. But the third-year head coach says it’s not the virus that his players fear, its more about the consequences if they test positive.
“We’re kind of at a point where the kids aren’t afraid of getting the virus, they’re afraid of getting the virus and having to sit out,” Frost said on Sports Nightly, according to Parker Gabriel of the Lincoln Journal Star.
Frost: "We’re kind of at a point where the kids aren’t afraid of getting the virus, they’re afraid of getting the virus and having to sit out."
— Parker Gabriel (@HuskerExtraPG) September 24, 2020
Because the B1G is playing during such an uncertain time — just like everyone else — the conference is taking extraordinary measures to keep players, coaches and staff members safe. If a player tests positive, that individual is not permitted to return to competition for at least 21 days from the day of the positive result.
Essentially, a player could miss nearly half the season if they test positive. If a team reaches a certain percentage of positive results, then it must shut down operations for a minimum of 7 days.
With the B1G attempting to play 9 games in 9 weeks, there is no margin for error. If a team is forced to cancel, there will be no make-up date. It’s understandable why players would be concerned with the ramifications of having a positive test.
Nebraska’s season is scheduled to open up on Oct. 24 with a road trip to Ohio State.