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Scott Frost Isn't Pulling Any Punches on Nebraska's Slow Start

Scott Frost Isn't Pulling Any Punches on Nebraska's Slow Start
Published On: Fri, Sep 21
Sep 5, 2015; Atlanta, GA, USA; Auburn Tigers defensive coordinator talks to linebacker Kris Frost (17) during the second quarter against the Louisville Cardinals in the 2015 Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game at the Georgia Dome. Mandatory Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports

Given what he did last year at UCF and how badly his alma mater wanted him, Nebraska coach Scott Frost can afford to be bluntly honest right now. Yet ita€™s still a little shocking when the words come out of his mouth.

a€œThis could get worse before it gets better,a€ Frost said this week. a€œWea€™re going up to play a really good team.a€

Logically, a team that has already lost at home toA ColoradoA andA TroyA should expect to lose at Michigan. Still, Frosta€™s disdain for sugarcoating feels jarring in a profession full of people who mouth the same platitudes every week no matter the result. But you saw what Frost saw, so he feels no need to mislead you. He also is convinced that, ultimately, this period of adversity will become the foundation for a Big Red renaissance. When Michigan coach Bo Schembechler posted a sign that said a€œThose Who Stay Will Be Championsa€ shortly after his arrival in 1969, he meant that the grueling offseason work would test the Wolverinesa€™ will. He had taken over a team that had gone 8a€“2 and 6a€“1 in the Big Ten in 1968. Those who made it to the season in 1969 did indeed become championsa€”that yeara€”after pulling off one of the biggest upsets in college football history against then-No. 1 Ohio State to claim the Big Ten title.

Thata€™s not going to happen at Nebraska. Those who stay stand an awfully good chance of competing for championships someday, but it wona€™t be in 2018. The first year of Frosta€™s tenure will be difficult and often frustrating. This team will have to dig deep to even make a bowl game, and it certainly needs a bowl game and the 15 extra practices a postseason berth allows. But know one thing: Neither Frost nor his staff will panic. They will not make wholesale changes. They will not alter their practice routine or their offense or their defense. Theya€™ve seen this work before, and they know it doesna€™t work overnight. Thata€™s why, after Saturdaya€™s 24a€“19 loss to Troy, Frost told his players this: a€œYoua€™ve got two choices. You fight back and you work even harder, or you give up. I also told them that if anyone doesna€™t want to stay on board this ride with us, let me know now and we can get off. I know where this is going. We just havena€™t had the results early that we need.a€ Consider that Frosta€™s a€œThose who staya€¦a€ for the millennial generation.

Monday, Frost offered further explanation. a€œI just want to get ahead of it,a€ Frost said. a€œComing into Nebraska and hearing how things went down last year, I want to make sure nobody decides to go off on their own. Wea€™re all in this together. There is a lot that had to be fixed. Wea€™ve fixed a lot of it. Therea€™s still a lot more to be fixed.a€

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