Nebraska Football: Former Husker talks Scott Frost’s ‘betrayal’

Nebraska Cornhuskers head coach Scott Frost during the fourth quarter against the Michigan State Spartans (Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports)
Nebraska Cornhuskers head coach Scott Frost during the fourth quarter against the Michigan State Spartans (Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports) /

As the Nebraska football program moves to put Scott Frost further and further into the rearview mirror, more and more evidence that the state of the program and its head coach was worse than previously known keeps surfacing.

While there have been some ugly accusations about what Frost was doing as a head coach, including being late to meetings and generally not being particularly well organized, former Nebraska football quarterback Steve Taylor has some gripes about the way Frost handled himself away from the team. Speaking to local radio station 93.7 The Ticket on Sunday evening, Taylor explained why Frost left a bad taste in Taylor’s mouth after a couple of personal interactions.

The former Husker quarterback, who was the field general for the Nebraska football team from 1985 to 1988 started off tame enough, simply saying that Frost said a few things over the years that gave Taylor pause. However, when he was pressed by The Ticket’s hosts to be more specific, he obliged and talked about one event he planned and tried to get Frost to attend and when Frost didn’t show, he felt it was a betrayal of sorts.

Taylor said that when he approached the former Nebraska football head coach about a reunion of sorts with many ex-Husker players, he “couldn’t believe” the response he got.

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The reunion in question was something that involved quite a few former Cornhuskers players and coaches, including Frost’s old head coach, Tom Osborne, Trev Alberts, and several others who felt like they had been left on the outside of the program looking in.

Taylor said that he asked Frost to come not as the Nebraska football coach but as a former player and made it clear that he felt as though he was needed there.

"“We were going to reunite everyone and we’re just going to break bread, we’re just going to have conversations and get this connect back with certain players who felt disconnected. And unfortunately Scott went on about a 30-minute rant about things I just could not believe.”"

It turns out that the man whose return to the Nebraska football program was so celebrated that one of the local newspapers made a comic book illustrating what led up to his hiring felt like he didn’t get enough support. In particular, Frost felt as if former players didn’t support him.

"“I said ‘that’s blatantly not true, do you not remember the reception that you got when you signed your contract, how the players were here?’ And he was losing games and the players have their own voice, but they still supported Scott.”"

Taylor then added that Frost was true to his word and didn’t turn up for the Nebraska football reunion. While Taylor said that he didn’t care because the turnout as “wonderful,” he felt like in the end Frost needed to be there so that the people in attendance could see him and know that he could relate to everyone assembled.

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“And he didn’t come,” the past Nebraska football quarterback said.

While there were certainly more glaring problems with the just-ended regime than whether or not he went to a social event, it has become clear over the last few months that while Scott Frost was having getting the ship righted, he was also seemingly isolating himself from those looking to give him support.

It’s another sad story of the fall of the Nebraska football golden boy who just couldn’t make things work out the way all involved hoped they would.