Forget NFL Sunday.

To Husker fans, it might as well have been Scott Frost Sunday — a day for fans to take in the next Husker football coach's official introduction. 

During the 45-minute news conference, nearly everyone's eyes shifted TVs, from NFL action to Nebraska athletic director Bill Moos and Frost fielding questions.

Terrie and Barry Urtel of Lincoln went to Longwell's bar in the Railyard just to catch the former Husker take the reins at NU.

When Frost was officially introduced, the Urtels and other bar patrons cheered. 

"I'm just relishing it right now," Barry said. "I think anybody who follows Husker football has followed his career ... and I think that just adds to the appreciation of the fact that we have a new energy instilled into the program."

Other fans appreciated how the 42-year-old Frost addressed his relationship with his former team, Central Florida, which he coached to the American Athletic Conference championship, capping an unbeaten season Saturday afternoon.

"He had a rapport with that team," said Beatrice resident Brian Clausen, who stopped into Longwell's with his wife Patty to catch the news conference. "That's what the Huskers and the state of Nebraska need. ... He's going to set this team on fire."

For many fans, Frost's hiring reconnected Husker football with the Tom Osborne era, when Frost led the Huskers to a share of the national championship after beating Tennessee in the 1998 Orange Bowl.

"I think this is kind of our last chance to get back to those Osborne roots," said Husker fan Grant Latimer, sitting in Brewsky's sporting a "Frost: Make Nebraska Great Again" T-shirt.

He believes the next couple of seasons under Frost will be a make-or-break moment for the program.

"If this doesn't work, I'm not sure what will," Latimer said. "But I think it's going to work."

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