Nebraska Football: Scott Frost reportedly in the running for USF

Nebraska head coach Scott Frost is seen before a Big Ten Conference NCAA football game
Nebraska head coach Scott Frost is seen before a Big Ten Conference NCAA football game /

Could former Nebraska football coach Scott Frost already be lining up a new job? If a recent report is true, it looks like he could be getting close to finding a new home and it’s hard to argue that it isn’t a pretty decent fit.

Frost, who was fired after just three games in Nebraska football’s season has been largely laying low since joining the unemployment line. However, rumors that South Florida could come calling has put his name in the news yet again.

Florida radio personality Zac Blobner tweeted out the names he had heard for the recently vacated South Florida Bulls head coaching job. USF fired former head coach Jeff Scott on Sunday after a 1-8 start to the season that included an 0-5 conference record. Blobner believes that the Bulls are going to be aiming high when it comes to Scott’s replacement.

At the top of the purported list is former Las Vegas Raiders and Tampa Bay Buccanneers coach Jon Gruden. The report is that the job is Gruden’s if he wants it and thre are a few boosters who are willing to open their checkbooks to get it done.

Gruden has been out of coaching since the middle of last season when he was fired after some very embarrassing texts and emails to the Washington Commanders surfaced. The idea here appears to be that Gruden would take the South Florida job as a way to get back into coaching and rebuild his legacy.

Should Gruden not be interested, Blobner had a list of other men that the Bulls could go after. He added that if Jon Gruden declines the offer, Scott Frost would get the call.

This isn’t the first opening with which the former Nebraska football coach has been associated. Arizona State, who fired Herm Edwards just days after Frost was canned in Lincoln had Frost out to watch a few practices. It was thought at the time he might be getting offered the job, though so far that hasn’t materialized.

There is a rather large grain of salt to take with this report. It seems highly unlikely that Gruden would even entertain the kind of project that South Florida represents. Frost, on the other hand could find a return to coaching in Florida and at a smaller school with deep recruiting roots enticing.

On the other hand, thanks to the massive buyout he received from the Nebraska football program, he can afford to wait for a better program to come calling.