The Cornhuskers fell behind 30-9 at Illinois, and a late rally wasn’t enough as they lost 30-22. Frost is now in his fourth season, and this is the third time he’s started the year off with a loss.
During his press conference today–which was reportedly quite interesting–Frost made a rather shocking public admission.
After saying that he called the offensive plays in Saturday’s loss, the embattled coach revealed that roughly “half of the game plan” had to be discarded because of how Illinois lined up on defense.
Frost said he called the plays Saturday. Half of the gameplan had to be thrown out because of Illinois’ defensive alignment.
— Sam McKewon (@swmckewonOWH) August 30, 2021
Yikes. Needless to say, it’s not a great look when the head coach confesses that he had to do this.
During the offseason, Frost said that he and offensive coordinator/wide receivers coach Matt Lubick had taken a more collaborative approach to play calling late in the 2020 season.
“Matt Lubick had a lot more to do with the play calling, particularly toward the end of the season, than I’ve had a coordinator have before,” Frost told The Journal Star’s Parker Gabriel back in January. “It was pretty split in those last probably four games. That helped me do a lot more head coaching things, even on the sideline on Saturdays. That hasn’t been an adjustment as much as I just have someone here in Matt Lubick that I really trust and who has called this offense before.”
It sounds like that system was scrapped for the season opener. Wonder if that will change heading into the team’s first home against Fordham this weekend.