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Frost says NU ‘committed to playing football,’ will look elsewhere if Big Ten cancels fall season
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Frost says NU ‘committed to playing football,’ will look elsewhere if Big Ten cancels fall season

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Wisconsin vs. Nebraska, 11.16

Nebraska quarterback Adrian Martinez (2) gets tackled by Wisconsin's Zach Baun (56) in the first quarter on Nov. 16, 2019, at Memorial Stadium.

Nebraska coach Scott Frost is clear he prefers to play a Big Ten schedule this fall. But he says his school is going to push forward and look for options regardless of the decision the conference makes.

"We're a proud member of the Big Ten. I think it's the best conference in the country. We want to play a Big Ten schedule," Frost said. "I think our university is committed to playing football any way we possibly can, regardless of what anybody else does. We’re looking forward to the opportunity to get our guys on the field and let them show the progress they’ve made in a safe environment. …

“Our university is committed to playing no matter what. No matter what that looks like. We want to play no matter who it is or where it is. So we’ll see how those chips fall. We certainly hope it's in the Big Ten, but if it isn't we're prepared to look for other options."

While it was too early to say what things might look like if the Big Ten ultimately decides not to play, Nebraska is willing to explore the landscape.

"The only reason we would look at other options is if the Big Ten wasn't playing, and there were only a few Big Ten teams wanting to play," Frost said.

A trio of veteran players who spoke after Frost echoed the head coach’s sentiments.

“After practice, I was running around the locker room telling everybody we're going to join the AFC North,” senior defensive back Dicaprio Bootle said. “We’re ready to play whenever.”

“Exactly,” said junior quarterback Adrian Martinez.

“I mean, really, we would love to be able to play the Big Ten,” senior offensive lineman Matt Farniok said. “That’s who we are, that’s our conference and we want to be able to represent the Big Ten. But if the Big Ten chooses to cancel, we’re 100% open to playing whoever wants to play.

“If, at the end of the day, we get to play the Big Ten, perfect. That’s our home. That’s our conference. That’s our place. If, for whatever reason, they decide to cancel and we shift somewhere else, so be it. Plain and simple, the message that we’ve tried to put out there is we just want to play football. We want to represent Nebraska and we want to show what we’ve been working for.”

Contact the writer at pgabriel@journalstar.com or 402-473-7439. On Twitter @HuskerExtraPG.

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Parker joined the Journal Star as the University of Nebraska football beat writer in August 2017. He previously covered Montana State athletics for the Bozeman Daily Chronicle and graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 2012.

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