Scott Frost is out of chances following a disastrous tenure and the Nebraska Cornhuskers’ humiliating start to 2022.
Scott Frost, the head coach hired to finally rebuild the floundering Nebraska Cornhuskers football program, is no longer employed in Lincoln, Nebraska. Nebraska’s Athletic Director Trev Alberts announced Frost’s firing on Sunday, Sept. 11.
“Scott has poured his heart and soul into the Nebraska football program both as a quarterback and head coach, and I appreciate his work and dedication,” Alberts aside via press release. “After the disappointing start to our season, I decided the best path forward for our program was to make a change in our head coaching position.”
Alberts named Mickey Joseph, a former Nebraska quarterback and current passing game and wide receivers coach, to serve as interim head coach.
BREAKING Scott Frost has been fired at Nebraska.. Mickey Joseph is taking over as interim head coach.
— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) September 11, 2022
A wise man once asked, “How the hell did you go and get fired on your day off?” Well, Nebraska’s performance on the gridiron made this move a necessity. Forst was already on a short leash, after a 3-9 record in 2021. Nebraska retained Frost on a restricted contract and reduced its coaching staff. Frost’s seat heated up again after a loss abroad to Northwestern, then a close win over North Dakota. A Sept. 10 loss to lowly opponent Georgia Southern was the final nail in Frost’s head-coaching coffin. The Cornhuskers allowed Georgia Southern to gain 642 total yards, nearly breaking a Nebraska record.
The Cornhuskers were notoriously bad in single-score games under Frost. Nebraska has a 10-game losing streak in such games, while Frost sports a 5-22 record in single-score games. The losses to Northwestern and Georgia Southern exhibit that, where Nebraska lost both games by three points. In four seasons, Frost posted a 16-31 record as head coach. His Cornhuskers never qualified for a bowl game or finished with a winning record. Nebraska fans are proud, especially with the school’s championship history. Frost himself was part of two national championship teams as a player for Nebraska, including the 1997 season when he was the starting quarterback. That experience and success never translated to his coaching abilities.
Scott Frost was so bad that Nebraska paid $7.5 million extra to fire him now instead of October 1
— RedditCFB (@RedditCFB) September 11, 2022
Frost’s firing comes before two important dates. First, Nebraska now owes Frost a massive $15 million buyout. If the school waited until Oct. 1, 2022, that buyout would have been only $7.5 million. Secondly, Joseph takes over less than a week before the Cornhuskers host the Oklahoma Sooners. The Sooners and Cornhuskers have a storied rivalry, but a Nebraska win is a tall order for Joseph’s head coaching debut.