Nebraska Football: Trev Alberts has inconsistencies in metrics stories

Nebraska Cornhuskers head coach Scott Frost speaks to the media (Robert Goddin-USA TODAY Sports)
Nebraska Cornhuskers head coach Scott Frost speaks to the media (Robert Goddin-USA TODAY Sports) /

The Nebraska football program is going to have to release the metrics it gave to former head coach Scott Frost when he was retained at the end of last year. In fact, now that a judge ruled on Tuesday that the university would have to divulge the agreement Trev Alberts and the former head coach reached at the end of last year, Alberts decided to go ahead and tell everyone.

However, now that he’s talking about what he claims were the things Frost had to do in order to get a one-year extension and some cash back, it appears there are some inconsistencies in his story.

At the heart of those odd inconsistencies is the question that’s been out there since a mention of metrics first popped up. Nebraska football fans and the national media wanted to know just what Frost had to do.

Earlier this year, Alberts gave an interview to Tom Shatel where he claimed that the “metrics” was not a win number. In fact, in that interview, Alberts said that it would be folly to put a number of wins on paper because there were so many factors that could make that number look silly after the fact.

While that answer makes sense at first blush. It needs to be pointed out that metrics, by their very definition are numbers. People assumed that while “metrics” were tied to the standards given, that’s not really what they were. Turns out, they were, in fact, numbers.

Appearing on the radio on Tuesday night, Alberts made it clear there was at least one number Frost absolutely had to hit in order to get a one-year extension and $1 million back on his contract.

The former Nebraska football head coach was told he needed to win a minimum of six games in 2022 and make a bowl game. Of course, the standards that Alberts laid out on Tuesday night are redundant. There’s no chance the Huskers won’t go to a bowl if they win six games.

Alberts said that he had told the former Huskers coach that he needed to show “incremental progress.” He never really got the chance to achieve any of the big metrics because after it became clear he wasn’t making any progress at all, he was fired following the Cornhuskers’ Week 2 loss to Georgia Southern.

Now that Alberts is talking about the agreement he reached, the fact that he claimed a number of wins wasn’t a part of the deal should raise eyebrows. It’s entirely possible of course he didn’t want people counting down to six wins (they were going to do that anyway).

Some Cornhuskers fans will almost certainly say “who cares, it’s time to move on” but the question should still be asked of Alberts why he would claim something he knew wasn’t true about the deal reached with the Nebraska football head coach. One would hope the next time Alberts is on the radio, someone asks him about the inconsistencies.