Nebraska fires Scott Frost

Scott Frost was fired at Nebraska after going 16-31 straight up and 21-25-1 against the spread in five seasons.

Nebraska fired head football coach Scott Frost early Sunday afternoon, one day after Georgia Southern came into Lincoln and beat the Cornhuskers 45-42 as a 23-point road underdog. It was the 10th consecutive loss for Nebraska in a one-possession game on Frost’s watch.

In the end, Nebraska couldn’t tolerate having Frost as its head football coach for three more weeks even though it would’ve saved the school $7.5 million on his buyout if it had waited until Oct. 1 to issue him a pink slip. That’s how bad things went in Frost’s disappointing five-year tenure.

His final record was 16-31 straight up and 21-25-1 against the spread. Frost went 4-8 in Year 1, 5-7 in Year 2, 3-5 in Year 3 and 3-9 last season before this year’s 1-2 start.

Ga. Southern head coach Clay Helton was the first HC to be fired in 2021, and he ironically handed the loss to this year’s first HC to get canned.

Associate HC Mickey Joseph has been named the interim HC ahead of Saturday’s home game vs. Oklahoma. The 54-year-old Joseph played quarterback for the Cornhuskers from 1988-91, leading the 1990 team to a 9-2 regular-season record in his only year as the starter. He spent five seasons on LSU’s staff from 2017-2021 before returning to Lincoln as Frost’s AHC and Wide Receivers Coach.

Joseph is the first African-American HC in the history of Nebraska varsity athletics.

Look for Director of Athletics Trev Alberts to target one of these three HCs: Iowa State’s Matt Campbell, Kansas State’s Chris Klieman and Kansas’s Lance Leipold, who has the Jayhawks off to a 2-0 start after this past Saturday’s 55-42 upset win at West Virginia.

You might hear media members mention names like Mark Stoops at Kentucky and Sam Pittman at Arkansas. Trust me, neither of those names are an option. In fact, like I said on the Sunday’s edition of my ‘Bet CFB’ podcast, I’ll be shocked if Pittman ever coaches for anybody else other than the Razorbacks.

As of early Tuesday morning, most books had Oklahoma installed as an 11 or 11.5-point road favorite with the total in the 65-66 range. The Cornhuskers were +350 on the money line.

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