The Omaha World Herald and other media outlets are reporting that Scott Frost will return, under a restructured contract, for a fifth season as Nebraska’s head football coach. Nebraska did not immediately release the terms of the restructured deal. The announcement came in a statement from UNL Athletic Director Trev Alberts on Monday. The Nebraska AD said in a statement, “In my four months at Nebraska, I have closely observed our football team, and had several productive discussions with Scott Frost. Scott has laid out a clear plan and vision for the future of Nebraska Football and has agreed to a restructured contract…We all recognize our record has not been what anyone wants it to be. I have been clear that I have been looking for incremental progress, and I have seen that in several key areas this season. Our team has continued to compete at a high level and the young men in our program have remained unified and shown great resiliency, which is an important reflection of the leadership of Coach Frost and his staff.”
According to the OWH, Frost, who makes $5 million per year in base salary, would have had a buyout of about $20 million had he been fired based on the agreement and remaining years of his contract, which is signed through the 2026 season. NU, which has fired its past four coaches, has already paid about $25.8 million in buyouts since 2010.
Coach Frost wrote in a statement, “I appreciate the confidence Trev Alberts has shown in me to continue to lead this program. I love this state, this football program and am honored and humbled for the opportunity to serve as the head coach at my alma mater…I understand we have not won at a high enough level, but I am confident our football program will continue to take steps forward.”
With the announcement that coach Frost would return for another season, the announcement also came that several coaches on the current offensive staff will not. Among the assistant coaches fired on Monday were Matt Lubick (offensive coordinator/wide receivers coach), Ryan Held (running backs coach), Mario Verduzco (quarterbacks coach), and Greg Austin (offensive line coach).