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Scott Frost: ‘the time is right to see a renaissance in Lincoln, Nebraska’

On Sunday, Scott Frost was introduced as the newest head football coach at his alma mater, the University of Nebraska. Frost joined The Jim Rome Show Thursday on CBS Sports Radio and shared his thought on taking over the program he led as a quarterback to their last national championship, and now replaces Mike Riley to become the 33rd head football coach in the program’s storied history.

“It’s exciting. Ever since I’ve graduated, I’ve been a fan watching Nebraska and watching it from afar,” Frost said. “At times, I was proud. And other times, I didn’t think it was being done the way it needed to be done. I’ve seen how great Nebraska can be in my time there, and I’m just honored that they picked me to try to get it back and put it in its rightful place around the country.”

After leading the University of Central Florida to an 12-0 season, Frost had his choice of prestigious jobs across the country. He was asked why he decided now was the time to take over a NU program that just finished 4-8, its worse season in more than a half-century.

“Number one, it’s home—and I wanted to go home,” Frost said, having grown up just 100 miles away from campus in Wood River, Nebraska. “Number two, I think it gives me a chance to win in a place where I’m going to be able to do things the right way. When I was at Nebraska, there wasn’t a more classier organization in the country. There wasn’t a more successful organization in the country. I have no reason to believe we can’t get it running that way again.

“I had a lot of options. Certainly, it was very hard for me to leave UCF, a place I care about, and a lot of kids I care about. But a chance to go home and rebuild Nebraska and make it a national power again? That was an opportunity I couldn’t turn down.”

Before Frost accepted the position, he said he needed to make sure the University’s administration was on the same page as he was. Legendary coach Tom Osborne helped assure him that the school’s vision would match his.

“I wanted to make sure there was a unity of purpose,” Frost said. “I think there’s finally going to be a process started where we remove obstacles to success instead of creating them. Where everybody is pulling in the same direction, where everybody has the same purpose and understands their roll in what we’re trying to get done. And if all those things hadn’t come together like they did, I might not have looked at the job. But I think the time is right to see a renaissance in Lincoln, Nebraska.”