Scott Frost news conference, 12/3/17

Scott Frost (right) enjoys a moment with former Nebraska teammates Sean Wieting (left) and Jeff Lake (center) following Sunday's news conference, when he was introduced as the new Nebraska head football coach.

FRANCIS GARDLER, JOURNAL STAR

Scott Frost, decked in a gray suit and red tie, was preparing for his introductory news conference Sunday, but first he took a walk through the Nebraska weight room.

Nebraska's new football coach walked through the door, and awaiting him were more than 150 former Huskers. They applauded. Former wingback Sean Wieting was the first to give Frost a hug. And then Frost asked for their help.

"We've all been watching this for a long time, and I want to make it what it was, so I need all your help, all your ideas," Frost told the former players. "Except when they're bad."

Frost thanked them for being there. They quickly thanked him for taking on the project of building Nebraska into what it once was.

"It was very special," NU athletic director Bill Moos said. "I'll remember it for a long time."

Frost thanked the former players again during the news conference, but not without a punch line.

"My first thought when I walked in was, 'This is unbelievable,' and my second thought was, 'Most of these guys have been eating too much,'" the 42-year-old said.

If you needed visual proof of how bad the former players wanted Frost to step in, the West Stadium Club painted a pretty clear picture. Droves of those who once wore the pads packed the news conference area to listen to Frost as the former Husker quarterback spoke about unifying the program.

Some were nodding their heads in approval as Frost spoke about getting Nebraska back to where it once was.

"Walking into the weight room and seeing 150 former players that are cheering for me in unison shows me that we can get the unity and purpose back to this place," Frost said.

The weight room meeting was Moos' idea. Ex-Husker Troy Hassebroek said Moos sent an email to former letterwinners Saturday. The new AD wanted to surprise Frost.

So the players met in the North Stadium lobby before making their way to the weight room at 11:40 a.m., 20 minutes before the start of Frost's news conference.

"Scott walked in and his eyes lit up," Hassebroek said.

Among those in attendance were Eric Crouch, Matt Davison, Jamel Williams, Jeff Lake, Vershan Jackson, Jay Sims, Lance Brown, Mike Erickson, Dan Erickson, Rob Zatechka, Chris Dishman, Aaron Taylor, Jay Moore, Steve Taylor, Kris Brown, Demoine Adams and Jerrell Pippens.

What does Frost maybe want to see out of the former players?

"Maybe it's coming back to educate these younger kids who are here about when we played, and the title runs," said Hassebroek, who played from 1999-2002. "It doesn't have to be long. It's just speaking about the tradition."

NU President Hank Bounds was impressed with the scene. Was he surprised to see so many ex-Huskers show up?

"I would like to say I'm surprised, but I'm not surprised," Bounds said. "It was kind of fun to see that, watch that. But this is a different kind of place. I was not surprised by having a couple hundred former players just spontaneously showing up."

Reach the writer at 402-473-2639 or cgrell@journalstar.com. On Twitter @LJSSportsGrell.

31
2
2
6
75

Sports editor

Clark Grell is sports editor.

Load comments