On Monday, Nebraska coach Scott Frost drew a lot of attention when he said his football program was prepared to play games outside the Big Ten if the 2020 football season was canceled.
No one knew on Monday at 1:30 pm this is what was going down the tube within 24 hours. Frost comments, followed by the Big Ten decision to postpone the fall 2020 sports season, sent by a national storm.
Would Nebraska really be up against the Big Ten and play games on its own? The truth is, the Huskers were not the only Big Ten program to exhaust their options and seek to do so. Numerous Big Ten teams had lines in the water until being informed was not allowed, as there was a chance the league would play a spring season.
“We really felt if the season was going to be canceled, that we should be prepared to look at some options and alternatives to hope to play six, seven, eight, nine, 10 games with opponents outside the Big Ten,” NU Athletic director Bill Bill said. Moos told the Husker Sports Network on Thursday.
“We were looking at him hoping and planning to play that 10-game reduced schedule that was staged by the Big Ten that I had a lot to do with, but we wanted some options in case we could not.
“As you know, and our fans know it was not allowed mainly I feel because the season was not really” canceled “,” postponed “. That means we hope to play in the spring or sometime after the date 1 of the calendar year.This would have made it difficult to play a series of non-conference games during the fall, and then go back and play a conference season in the spring.At least that’s how the conference felt.It was not how I felt Scott (Frost).
These comments, followed by the reaction of the national media, started a storm that the Huskers were looking to leave the Big Ten.
Moos said it never happened that way.
“At the end of the day, we are proud members of the Big Ten. It’s a prestigious conference and we will be in compliance. We thought until yesterday that we would have a chance to do it.”
As for the comments Frost made on Monday, Moos said he stands completely behind his coach.
“I thought it was extraordinary,” Moos told a news conference Monday in Frost. “Scott Frost is not only very articulate, he is very smart, he is passionate, he is careful. He is not just saying these things to speak, he means this. We have to remember, and the fans ours should remember that he made those comments before any decision was made about the season.He expressed what he felt.
“I thought he was very fit and respectful for the Big Ten, as we all are. Let me tell you, Scott Frost is going to have a great record as head coach of football at the University of Nebraska, but how he has tackled this, and what has been his priorities has to do with it all.I looked at him and listened to him, and I have never been in doubt that he is the right guy to lead this football program. I hope everyone understands how lucky we are to have him. ”