Some fascinating facts about Nebraska's head coach
The life of Nebraska football head coach Scott Frost is intriguing as he's been both a premier athlete in the Cornhusker State and is now a blossoming head football coach. At 44, there's plenty that's common knowledge about him, especially to those within the Husker community. If you dig even closer to bedrock, you'll discover that there are five fascinating facts about Frost that you still need to jam into your memory banks.
1. Frost's coaching background isn't just offense
It's no secret that Frost knows how to command an offense that not only creates mismatches but punishes any mistakes it causes, sometimes severely. Did you know that while he may not call defense for the Huskers, he still knows a thing or two about how to stop opponents from moving the football?
While at Northern Iowa as co-defensive coordinator in 2008, the 12-3 Panthers were ranked ninth in FCS in scoring defense (17.7 ppg) and tied for third place with 40 takeaways. They also led the Missouri Valley Football Conference in rushing defense (107.1 ypg). UNI would finish the season ranked No. 4 in the final polls.
This speaks to his faith in Nebraska defensive coordinator Erik Chinander (another member of the Panthers' staff at the time), Tony Tuiota, Barrett Ruud (now in the second year of his first full-time coaching gig), and Travis Fisher.
2. He's among the top earners in cold, hard cash
For the finance-minded among you, the knowledge of Frost's current seven-year, $5 million contract isn't anything new. Breaking that down shows just how valuable he is from a monetary perspective.
As of this writing, Frost's base pay breaks down to $13,698.63 per day, $570.78 per hour, and $9.51 per minute. That's $0.95 more per minute than all of his assistants' salaries combined. The only other coach in the Big Ten West division that makes as much every 60 seconds is Illinois' Lovie Smith. Michigan's Jim Harbaugh is the lone conference coach who makes more overall at $14.27 with every rotation of a clock's big hand. Before taxes, that is.
3. He's not Frost-y with the media
He gives fairly in-depth postgame interviews having addressed the media for a total of 1 hour, 54 minutes and 12 seconds of his time after 2018 contests. His longest was an 11:46 discussion following the Purdue game with his shortest being 7:49 after the Huskers' loss to Northwestern. A standard presser offered 1,348 words on average. His familial culture bled into these conversations as "we" was the third-most common word said, having been used 565 times during those 12 reviews.
4. Once a quarterback, always a quarterback
Frost will no doubt give all the credit in the world to Mario Verduzco — yet another Northern Iowa Panthers coach during that 2008 season — for helping to develop quarterbacks during his coaching career. However, it was the Nebraska native's job to help get offenses humming at the FBS level starting at Oregon in 2013.
A two-year starting quarterback for Nebraska (after transferring from Stanford) from 1996-97, Frost has coached tremendous talents at the position, including Heisman Trophy winner Marcus Mariota at Oregon, UCF's McKenzie Milton, and now Adrian Martinez. During his seasons coaching those three, his starting quarterback averaged a stat line of 247-for-381 (a 64.8 percent completion rate), 3,273 yards passing and a 27:7 touchdown-to-interception ratio. They also accumulated an average of 120 rushes for 543 yards and nine touchdowns.
5. Every Husker fan needs some Frost in their home
For those of you into memorabilia and enamored with your team's head coach, there's good news! There are 16 readily available items to do with Frost available at well-known online Husker fan shops including an autographed full-sized replica helmet and a commemorative coin featuring his likeness and Husker career stats. If you'd like to buy them all, they can be yours for the low, low combined price of $2,171.93, before taxes and shipping. You can't afford to let your Big Red Cave game slip, can you?