Nebraska Cornhuskers news: John Cook hates the portal, Scott Frost on the sidelines, more

Nebraska Cornhuskers Head coach Scott Frost of the Nebraska Cornhuskers leaves the field (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)
Nebraska Cornhuskers Head coach Scott Frost of the Nebraska Cornhuskers leaves the field (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images) /

Former Nebraska Cornhuskers football coach Scott Frost is returning to the sidelines on Saturday. While I’ve talked about the fact that Frost would coach a squad at the US Army Bowl against Houston Nutt, the day is almost here. That game will take place this weekend in what is one of the weirdest convergence of ironies in Nebraska football history.

For those that don’t remember, there was a time when Houston Nutt was considered a top candidate to take over the helm for the Nebraska Cornhuskers. He was even rumored to be on a plane on his way to Lincoln. He eventually stayed at Arkansas.

That may or may not have been a bullet dodged in the end.

The U.S. Army Bowl is described as “America’s biggest high school football game that brings the nation’s best high school athletes together in an East v West All-Star Game.” While he gets to helm the Gold Team on Saturday, where his next real coaching job might be is still very much up in the air. There were rumors earlier this year that he was a candidate for Arizona State and then South Florida. Both schools went with other candidates.

Other Nebraska Cornhuskers News

In Nebraska Cornhuskers volleyball news, John Cook and his squad aren’t playing in the Final Four this weekend but he is in attendance in Omaha to watch the matches. During his visit, he sat down for an interview with Tom Shatel where he dropped a bit of a bombshell. Despite being the beneficiary of some big transfer talent, he said that he’s not a fan of the portal and doesn’t plan on using it much in the future. During the talk he mentioned “loyalty” is a big deal for him. It’s possible that two former Huskers playing for Texas in the Final Four has soured his viewpoint on the whole thing.

Nebraska football head coach Matt Rhule has made it clear that he’s moving all over the country in these last few weeks before national signing day. On Thursday, one of his stops was to see Mason Goldman. The Gretna Dragon’s offensive tackle is considered a Husker lean but hasn’t committed yet and it appears Rhule is trying to get that deal done.

College Sports News

The NCAA has a new president and the name surprised some people. Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker will take over the helm. Baker is incredibly popular among his constituents. He’s about to find out what being unpopular is all about.

Bobby Petrino has been trying to get back into the FBS ranks for a while now and it appears he’s finally cemented his spot. The former Arkansas and Louisville head coach had been with Missouri State this year but he’s expected to be hired at UNLV as its offensive coordinator.

It’s officially that time of year when players decide they aren’t going to play in bowl games and make sure they’re healthy for the combines and NFL draft. The latest name to do that is Purdue quarterback Aidan O’Connell. It will certainly be interesting to see how much real interest he gets from the NFL.