Nebraska’s second-year struggles under Scott Frost continued on Saturday. The Huskers lost at home to Indiana, a team that most would have penciled in as a likely win to start the season.
Evidently, Scott Frost was among them. After the game, a 38-31 Hoosiers win, IU athletic director Fred Glass took a shot at Frost and the Huskers coaches.
It wasn’t clear exactly what he meant, but Glass alleged that “Nebraska’s staff had no respect for (Indiana’s) program.” He said that it made clinching bowl eligibility at Nebraska particularly gratifying.
Frost said he and the coaches had been “scratching their heads” trying to figure out what Glass meant. Now, thanks to a report by Indiana blog The Crimson Quarry, we have an idea of what transpired.
Citing a tough upcoming slate of crossover games with Big Ten East opponents, Frost is said to have asked for more games against teams like Indiana, rather than the likes of Ohio State, Michigan, and Penn State.
That would also explain wide receiver this reaction to Whop Phylor, who had a monster 14-catch, 178 yard game against the Huskers.
Whop Philyor was asked what Nebraska was saying to the team, in terms of comparing programs and traditions, but he wouldn't elaborate.
"They got what they wanted," he said. #iufb
— Taylor Lehman (@TaylorRLehman) October 28, 2019
From The Crimson Quarry’s report:
“Details aren’t uber-specific about the context of the remarks, but multiple sources around the conference confirmed to Crimson Quarry that Frost had raised complaints in discussions privately and publicly that Nebraska had been saddled with a difficult of a cross-divisional Big Ten schedule in future seasons. His specific complaint? His team needs more games against historically weaker programs, citing Indiana specifically by name. Of course, that became bulletin board material for Tom Allen’s Hoosiers in the lead up to Saturday’s contest in Lincoln — and was at least part of the motivation behind some of the comments from the Indiana side after the game.
“From 2017-2021, Frost’s team will only play four of a possible 15 cross-divisional games against Indiana (1), Maryland (1), or Rutgers (2). The other 11 games will either come against Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, or Penn State. Nebraska’s annual interdivisional opponent through 2021 is Ohio State, then shifts to Michigan until 2025.”
As he rebuilds the program, you can certainly understand Scott Frost wanting the load lightened a bit until he gets things up to where he thinks they should be. At the same time, calling out a specific program as a de facto cupcake, especially when you’re definitely not at the place where you can walk over just about anyone in the Big Ten, is a bad look.
It also clearly made for great locker room fodder for the Hoosiers.
IU is now 6-2 after the game, and will be going bowling. Nebraska is 4-4, and with games against Purdue, Wisconsin, Maryland, and Iowa left, there is no guarantee that the Huskers get there.