The 2021 college football season is the most important season of Scott Frost’s coaching career. Unfortunately for Nebraska, it’s already off to a very bad start.
Nebraska opened the 2021 regular season at Illinois on Saturday. The Huskers had a mistake-filled game, losing to the Illini, 30-22.
Frost, who is now 12-21 as Nebraska’s head coach, had a brutally honest admission following the Week 0 loss.
“It looked like the same movie,” Frost said, via ESPN’s Adam Rittenberg.
#Huskers Scott Frost: “It looked like the same movie.”
— Adam Rittenberg (@ESPNRittenberg) August 28, 2021
That sums things up pretty well.
Where does Nebraska go from here?
The Huskers aren’t going to fire Frost in the middle of a season, barring major controversy. Nebraska is under investigation by the NCAA, but it doesn’t sound like it’s anything too significant (yet, anyway). So, the Huskers will likely play out the season.
But Frost was supposed to be the man that turned the program around. Nebraska won’t ever be what it was in the 90s, but the Huskers could still be a formidable, top 20 program that competes for Big Ten West Division championships.
So far, though, the Huskers haven’t been close to doing that. They’ve been moving in the wrong direction for years.
Scott Frost is now 12-21 (.364) at Nebraska.
His predecessor, Mike Riley, who the Huskers paid $6.2 million to leave, was 19-19 (.500) in Lincoln.
Then they paid $3 million to UCF for Frost.
— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) August 28, 2021
FOX just lowered Scott Frost 6 feet down into the grave pic.twitter.com/hrILdxmnBi
— Barstool Sports (@barstoolsports) August 28, 2021
Frost was an extremely hot coaching candidate in his final season at UCF. He led the program to an undefeated season and was pursued by multiple big-time programs, choosing to return home to Nebraska.
Illinois holds on to win 30-22. Scott Frost drops to 12-21 as Nebraska’s head coach. pic.twitter.com/Q9l57uUL1z
— 247Sports (@247Sports) August 28, 2021
For whatever reason, it has not worked at Nebraska.
Scott Frost took a team that won ZERO games and got them to a non-absurd national champs claim in two seasons. He went to Nebraska (one of the great programs in CFB history) and in four years they’re basically Purdue. Not dunking, just saying no one knows anything in CFB
— Alex Kirshner (@alex_kirshner) August 28, 2021
There’s still a lot of season left, of course, but Nebraska hasn’t given anyone a reason to expect things will change moving forward.
The Huskers will look to get their first win of the season next Saturday against Fordham.