Oct 16, 2007; Lincoln, NE, USA; Nebraska Cornhuskers former football coach Tom Osborne addresses the media at the Van Brunt Visitors Center during a press conference where Chancellor Harvey Perlman (right) introduced Osborne as the interim athletic director. Perlman on Monday, Oct. 15 fired athletic director Steve Pederson. Osborne coached the Cornhuskers from 1972 to 1997, winning three national championships in his final four years. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Thorson, USA TODAY Sports

The Nebraska Cornhuskers fired head coach Scott Frost on Sunday after their embarrassing loss to Georgia Southern the night before, and legendary former Nebraska head coach Tom Osborne has offered his thoughts about what happened to Frost.

“I feel really bad about Scott,” Osborne said, according to KETV (ABC Omaha affiliate). “He had a lot of things going for him in Central Florida and then maybe he didn’t have the best talent when he got here, and then the pandemic, he probably had more bad bounces than good bounces, but he’s a good coach and a good person.”

Nebraska has struggled over the years to get the program anywhere close to where it was in the Osborne era (1973-997), and many thought that Frost, who is a Nebraska alum, would be the perfect fit.

Frost led the UCF Knights to an undefeated season in 2017, and naturally many thought he could have similar success in Lincoln, but another close loss to a lesser opponent ended Frost’s career at his alma mater.

Osborne thinks that although Cornhuskers fans are very loyal, maybe they put too much emphasis on the success of the football team.

“The mood of the state, or for many people, seems to be dependent on how the football team goes. Maybe it shouldn’t be that way, and not with everybody, but with a pretty large number of fans. Sometimes you get complaints from fans, but that goes with passion.”

The Cornhuskers have lost 119 games since Osborne retired. Mickey Joseph will now step in to take Frost’s place.


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