Scott Frost isn't going to take a page from Bobby Knight's coaching style playbook anytime soon...
Earlier this week, Nebraska's new head coach addressed reporters and said that he won't shout or swear at his players because he wants to create a culture where his players are confident executing plays.
“One of our sayings is ‘have a desire to excel and no fear of failure.’ And part of that is the coaches responsibility. I mentioned that we’re not going to yell and scream at kids, we're not going cuss at kids... I don’t think that’s the right thing to do and I also don’t want to make kids afraid to go make a great play."
Frost elaborated on why he believes that mantra is so important:
“If someone misses a tackle or drops a ball, they don’t need to be yelled at, they need to be taught the right way to do it so it doesn’t happen again. Once you take away that fear of what might happen if you make a bad play, it really frees you up to go make great plays. I always want our team to play with a desire to excel and no fear of failure.”
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Frost talks a big game but putting together the same kind of undefeated season he had with UCF in Norman will be no easy task.
ESPN's Mark Schlabach outlined a "realistic" expectation for Nebraska in Year 1 under Frost:
Big Red fans will have to be patient, though. Not only might Nebraska be starting a freshman quarterback, Adrian Martinez, who missed his entire senior season of high school while recovering from a shoulder injury, but it also plays one of the most difficult schedules in the FBS this coming season.
The Cornhuskers play road games at Michigan, Wisconsin, Northwestern, Ohio State and Iowa in 2018, along with home contests against Colorado and Michigan State. Ouch. A 6-6 record and return to the postseason might be a more realistic expectation for Frost in Year 1.
The Huskers' tough schedule doesn't help either. Next fall, Frost takes on Michigan, Ohio State, Wisconsin and Iowa on the road--that slate would test even the most-seasoned Power-5 coach.