A decade ago, Nebraska football left the Big 12 for the Big Ten. It was widely viewed as a step in the right direction, seeing that the Big Ten was the better conference. Unfortunately, the decision hasn’t garnered the expected results.
The Big Ten, as a whole, has improved since then. Nebraska, meanwhile, continues going in the wrong direction. One former player is starting to get worried about the Huskers’ trajectory.
Former Nebraska football player Damon Benning met with ESPN’s Adam Rittenberg to discuss the program. In doing so, he admitted his worries about Nebraska’s struggles at leadership and in the recruiting game.
“Nebraska is struggling to find its foothold from a leadership standpoint, a style standpoint, a recruiting standpoint,” Benning told Rittenberg, via ESPN+. “Meanwhile, the (Big Ten) conference just keeps getting better and better. A double whammy.”
From earlier: #Nebraska‘s first decade in the Big Ten has featured plenty of coach/AD changes, several schematic and recruiting approaches, only one division title and a lot of losing since 2016. What’s gone wrong + how can Big Red get things on track? https://t.co/VAV0M9EVIh
— Adam Rittenberg (@ESPNRittenberg) July 19, 2021
Scott Frost was supposed to be the answer. He came to Nebraska with plenty of experience to boast, including several years at Oregon under Chip Kelly and Mark Helfrich and then, of course, a remarkable stint at UCF.
Now over three years into the job in Lincoln, Frost looks lost. Nebraska football is 12-20 under his leadership. To make matters worse, the Huskers have one of the toughest schedules in college football this upcoming season.
So where does Nebraska go from here? Winning at least six games this fall would be a step in the right direction. That’d earn a bowl berth, something the program hasn’t accomplished since 2016.
If Frost can’t win at least six games, this could prove to be the end of his time with the Huskers, or at the very least, make his seat scalding hot for 2022. It’s safe to say the 2021 season is a pivotal point of the program.