Legendary former Nebraska coach Tom Osborne says that the school's 361-game home sellout streak probably would have ended this year. Now, it is safe, thanks to the Scott Frost hire.
Osborne is one of the hallowed figures in Nebraska football history. Even he admits that his interest in the program was waning in recent years.
If Osborne didn't have the same feeling about Big Red games, one can imagine that the fan base could experience a dip as well. If we got year four of Mike Riley in Lincoln, and the team got off to a slow start, it is possible that a game like November 10 against Illinois might have fallen short of a sellout.
Scott Frost has re-energized the fanbase, and now Tom Osborne says the streak should be safe.
He spoke to ESPN about the Frost effect:
Former Nebraska Hall of Fame coach Tom Osborne said Scott Frost's arrival as coach has "lifted the mood of the entire state" and thinks the Cornhuskers' hallowed streak of 361 home sellouts -- an NCAA record -- would have ended had Frost not returned to his alma mater.
"Last year was hard for the people here because we went 4-8. I don't think the stadium would have been sold out," Osborne told ESPN. "We've been sold out for 50-plus years. I think that streak would have gone had Scott not come back, so there's a significant renewed enthusiasm."
Osborne, 81, coached Frost at Nebraska, and their final year together was 1997, which remains the Huskers' last national championship. Osborne said Frost's return has "heightened my engagement and level of interest."
There is definitely mutual admiration between the two coaches. Last month, Frost called Osborne, whom he played for, his "hero" in football.
Nebraska opens with Akron on Sept. 1. As always, expect Memorial Stadium to be packed to capacity with fans in red.