There have been plenty of pundits piling on Nebraska football in the days following the Huskers’ 30-22 season-opening loss at Illinois.
On Monday, ESPN’s Paul Finebaum entered the fray. In an appearance on “McElroy and Cubelic,” Finebaum blasted Scott Frost’s program and openly questioned whether Frost has any chance to be successful at his alma mater.
“This is a disaster. And there’s no way to sugarcoat it. That was the most important game, I think, of Scott Frost’s career out there for a lot of reasons,” Finebaum said, via Saturday Tradition. “When you play in Week 0, you have the whole country to yourself. You can make an impression, even beating Illinois. Winning a game at Champaign will not really help your career anywhere but in this particular case. But it would’ve gotten everyone off his back for a couple of weeks until the trip to Norman and it would’ve calmed the waters. Instead, he has just told Jim Harbaugh, ‘Get outta the way, man. I’m No. 1 on the coaches hot seat right now.”
Finebaum went on to say that a game like Saturday’s “hurt [Frost] in recruiting, hurt him across the board.”
“If you’re a high school player out there and you have not made up your mind about where you’re going to school, why would you choose Nebraska?” Finebaum said. “You already have a fanbase that is as delusional as any I have encountered in my career. They still think it is the mid-1990s and Tom Osborne is the king of this program. It’s changed.”
Heading into the second week of his fourth season at Nebraska, Frost is 12-21 as head coach of the Cornhuskers. He should have two wins coming up against Fordham and Buffalo, but after that, the schedule gets considerably harder.
In a span of four games, Nebraska plays Oklahoma, Michigan State, Northwestern and Michigan, and there are matchups with Ohio State, Iowa and Wisconsin later in the season. Finebaum called the Husker program “close to being dead.”
:If it’s not working, you have to make a change, and it’s not working out there,” he said. “It’s clearly a mess and as a result of that, you have to figure out a way to correct it. You just have to look around the country and find somebody who can recruit better and develop talent. In Year 4, when you’re making the mistakes we saw on Saturday, your program has not improved one bit.”