Nebraska football coach Scott Frost and men’s basketball coach Fred Hoiberg plan to donate part of their salaries to the athletic department’s general operating fund to help cover revenue shortcomings due to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a statement from the Athletic Department. 

The amount of the donations is pending and will be determined by the athletic department once the future budget is finalized.

Frost will earn $5 million this year and Hoiberg is set to earn $3 million.

Frost, who enters his third season as the Huskers head coach, said he wants to make sure the future of the program is in good hands. 

“These are difficult times across our country and in college athletics, and Nebraska Athletics is not immune to the financial crunch,” he said in a statement released Thursday.  “This athletic department has been so important to my family for several decades. Before I ever played or coached here, I was a Nebraska Cornhusker fan first. I wanted to do my small part to help ensure our athletic department and all of our teams have the necessary resources to compete for championships moving forward.”

Hoiberg, who enters his second season, has deep ties to the University of Nebraska as well. His parents are Nebraska graduates and his grandfather, Jerry Bush, was the Huskers’ men’s basketball coach from 1954-63.

“When I took this job, one of the things that stood out to me most about Nebraska was its complete commitment to the student-athlete, not just in football or men’s basketball, but in all sports,” Hoiberg said in the same press release. “It is important to me to contribute to keeping Nebraska a leader in student-athlete support and services.”

Brennan Merkle is a senior Sports Media and Communication major at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln who has a passion for the details and data analysis that coincides within the field of sports and the nonstop revolving discussion around it.