Coach Frost and AD Trev Alberts speak at a press conference.
Nebraska Athletic Director Trev Alberts cites "incremental progress" as the reason for Frost's return in 2022. (Photo by Aaron Bonderson, UNLimited Sports)

Nebraska Head Football Coach Scott Frost will return to the program next season with an entirely new offensive coaching staff besides tight ends coach Sean Beckton.

Frost fired offensive coordinator/receivers coach Matt Lubick, running backs coach Ryan Held, quarterbacks coach Mario Verduzco, and offensive line coach Greg Austin on Monday.

“I appreciate the work and sacrifices these men have made for the University of Nebraska and this football program and wish all of them well,” Frost said in a statement. “They are all men of outstanding character and good coaches, but as we strive for better consistency and execution, we needed fresh ideas and voices on our offensive staff.”

The dismissals came hours after athletic director Trev Alberts announced that Frost would return as head coach for the 2022 season. The department will restructure Frost’s contract, with no details available yet.

“I am excited to continue to work together with Scott. We share a love of Nebraska and this football program and want nothing more than Nebraska Football to again compete for championships,” Alberts said.

Alberts continued, stating he’s seen “incremental progress” in the program.

“I have seen that in several key areas this season. Our team has continued to compete at a high level and the young men in our program have remained unified and shown great resiliency, which is an important reflection of the leadership of Coach Frost and his staff.”

Frost has a record of 15-27 in his three-plus years as head coach, including 18 losses by one score or less. The team is 3-7 in 2021, which is the worst ten game start for a Husker Football team since 1958. The season has shown near breakthroughs with three one-score losses to top ten teams. Nebraska pushed still-undefeated Oklahoma to the brink on the road, losing by seven. It lost to Michigan State on the road, in overtime, by three. Weeks later, the Huskers lost by three again at home this time, to the Michigan Wolverines. The latest of the seven losses came by nine points at home last weekend against the top-five Ohio State Buckeyes. 

The team’s wins are against three teams with losing records.

Scott Frost commented on AD Trev Alberts approval of his job…

“I appreciate the confidence Trev Alberts has shown in me to continue to lead this program,” the coach said. “I love this state, this football program and am honored and humbled for the opportunity to serve as the head coach at my alma mater. Our immediate focus is on the two games ahead against Wisconsin and Iowa, and the opportunity in front of us to build momentum heading into the offseason and 2022,” Frost continued. “I understand we have not won at a high enough level, but I am confident our football program will continue to take steps forward.”

Frost’s contract was renewed under previous Athletic Director Bill Moos in December of 2019. December 2026 is the final month of Frost’s current contract

Nebraska has this week off, before traveling to Madison, Wisconsin for a 2:30 p.m. tangle on November 20 with a surging Wisconsin team. The Badgers haven’t given up more than 14 points in its current five-game winning streak. 

Aaron Bonderson is a Senior Sports Media and Communications major at UNL's College of Journalism. Bonderson grew up in rural Nebraska near a small town, called Hoskins, which is between Wayne and Norfolk in Northeast Nebraska. He's helped with sports broadcasts and announcing on UNL's student radio station, 90.3 KRNU. Now, Bonderson works with the UNLimited Sports Experience Lab at the college.