LINCOLN, Neb. – Athletic Director Bill Moos called Sunday a “celebration for the University of Nebraska and Husker football” as he introduced former Husker football standout Scott Frost as the new football coach.
At a press conference on the third floor of Memorial Stadium in Lincoln Sunday afternoon, the program’s 33rd head coach said “I can’t say how special it is for me, a kid from Nebraska.”
“Words can’t describe how much it means to me to be back here at a place that I love, a place that I understand, a place that I want to represent.”
Frost became a prep legend at Wood River High School and was the last quarterback to start for Tom Osborne before his retirement.
After playing two years at Stanford, Frost transferred to NU, serving as scout team quarterback on the 1995 national title team. He started 26 games for Nebraska and won 24 of them. In 1997, Nebraska won the Big 12 title and beat Tennessee 42-17 in the Orange Bowl.
The Huskers are coming off their worst season in a half-century, but Frost said he believes the leadership is in place to bring glory back to Nebraska, saying he thinks the state is hungry for unity.
“When I walked into that weight room and saw all those players there, it really made me excited about the fact that we can get this entire state behind this football program. Get this entire state behind this football program. Get this entire state pulling for these players. Get this entire state excited about what’s going on and we’re going to put a product on the field that this entire state can be proud of.”
He also said former Husker and Tecumseh native Matt Davison played a key role, “pestering me until I agreed to come here.”
Frost and his staff will coach his former team, the University of Central Florida Golden Knights, in their bowl game, the Jan. 1 Peach Bowl vs. Auburn, even as several assistants, including future Husker defensive coordinator Erik Chinander, follow Frost to Nebraska.
A seven-year, $35-million deal will make Frost the highest-paid coach in school history and one of the top 15 highest-paid coaches in the sport.
Full opening statement from Nebraska football coach Scott Frost:
The World-Herald News Service contributed to this report.