Ask Farrell: Did Frost know what he was getting into at Nebraska?
Nebraska coach Scott Frost offered an honest assessment of where the Huskers program stands after their fourth straight loss to start the season on Saturday. It was not good at all.
Frost said the Huskers look like one of the most undisciplined teams in the country.
“It kills me because it isn’t like we’re not giving them the message," Frost said. "It’s not like we’re not trying to hold them accountable.”
Making it clear that this is not a team-wide issue but still a problem all the same, Frost said things need to change on the field and off. That winners carry themselves a certain way and refuse to keep making the same mistakes. At Nebraska, there are things happening that Frost could have never fathomed.
“It’s up to us as coaches, but it’s also up to that team to stop allowing the other stuff to happen,” Frost said. “We can’t get holding calls on interceptions and then talk trash to their sideline and start dancing on the field. I didn’t know it was going on. When we’re down 13 points and we have backups and reserves dancing on our sideline before kickoffs. They look like they love losing and they look undisciplined.”
Nebraska’s first-year coach - who led UCF to an undefeated season a year ago - said he’s tired of coaching an undisciplined team. Frost added that he has a sense of why some of these issues are occurring - possibly hinting at an undisciplined culture before his arrival in Lincoln - but he did not elaborate much.
Caring about things on Monday and Tuesday, going to class, being in study hall and treating the cafeteria workers properly were other points Frost made during his brutally honest press conference.
Nebraska is 0-4 for the first time since 1945. The Huskers have lost eight straight games, the longest streak in school history. They visit Wisconsin this weekend and Nebraska opened as a 23-point underdog.
We ask Rivals.com National Recruiting Director Mike Farrell to weigh in on whether Frost had any idea just how bad the situation was at Nebraska before accepting the job.
“I don’t think he knew it was this bad, but I also know he knew it wasn’t pretty. After all, this is a team that didn’t win many games in the Big Ten last year, and remember Frost took over a winless team at UCF. So he understands culture change.
"It will take a few years for him to recruit and find his own leaders and instill the culture of winning he did at UCF, but I have confidence he will do that. Does that mean they win the Big Ten West or the conference or a national title? I think that’s a bit far-fetched, but they should be a consistent contender in their division after he rights the ship.”