Nebraska coach Scott Frost addressed a number of topics outside the recruiting realm Wednesday, his first time meeting the media since the Iowa game Nov. 23.
Among them were the possibility of backup quarterback Andrew Bunch transferring. Bunch's name is in the NCAA's new transfer database, and the walk-on sophomore is exploring his options while leaving a return to NU on the table.
"I don't want to get into Andrew’s business too much. I really like the kid, and I want what’s best for him. I think after talking to him he just wants to explore his options and see if there’s a place out there where he can get out on the field and play or have a better chance to get on the field and play," Frost said. "If he doesn’t find that, then we’ll welcome him back here with open arms. He’s been a great teammate and a great part of our team. I want what’s best for him no matter what he decides."
Bunch played in five games in 2018 and started the Troy game in place of an injured Adrian Martinez. After starting out as a walk-on, the Thompson's Station, Tennessee, native rose to No. 2 on the depth chart after the transfer of Tristan Gebbia, and his coaches spoke highly of his athleticism and ability to operate Nebraska's offense.
He completed 66 percent of his attempts for 320 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions.
Playoff plan: Frost has long been a proponent of expanding college football's playoff system, and Wednesday he again detailed what he thinks is the best plan for the sport moving forward as momentum continues to build to expand the current four-team format.
"It needs to be the five major college conference champions and three at-large (teams). I think that makes the most sense. Then a team like UCF this year or last year would have a chance to go compete for it," Frost said. "I think that gives you the best chance to solve it on the field, and any sport where it’s solved on the field and not in a committee room is a better sport to me."
Frost used the Big Ten as an example, saying Northwestern deserved a spot had the Wildcats beaten Ohio State, while the Buckeyes also could be included based on their body of work throughout the season.
Even it out: Expanding on his playoff thoughts, Frost said he would like to see every conference play the same number of league games. Currently the Big Ten, Big 12 and Pac-12 play nine conference games while the SEC and ACC play eight.
It makes for an uneven playing field, Frost said.
"I’ll continue to push this; I don’t think college football is fair and equitable until every conference plays the same number of conference games," he said. "If we get those two things fixed, I think college football will be in a better place."
Prepare to work: Nebraska's players are currently on winter break and not scheduled to be back on campus until after the first of the year.
With one year under their belts, the returners have a much better idea of what to expect under strength coach Zach Duval in the weight room, Frost said.
"Our team is going to be in a lot better shape this year than it was last year. We had to start from ground zero from a strength and conditioning standpoint with the guys," Frost said. "With a year under their belt with Zach, we’re way ahead of where we were a year ago, and I can’t wait to get started with them."
The infamous "el cirquito," as Duval likes to call his workout regimen, is some of the most difficult work the Huskers will do all year. But there is an excitement in Memorial Stadium about what lies ahead.
"I just got done with an interview at HuskerVision and I said I can’t remember a season when I just got done with season and I was so quickly excited about getting started next year," Frost said. "I think a lot of people in our building, from our coaches to our players have that feeling. I want the guys to get away and go enjoy Christmas with their families, and when they come back, we’ve got to get to work."
Behind the scenes: Frost closed his news conference by recognizing the recruiting staffers who do much of the heavy lifting behind the scenes: director of player personnel Sean Dillon, assistant director of player personnel Ryan Callaghan and director of football and recruiting administration Trent Mossbrucker.
"I want to thank a few guys that never get named very often. … Our three recruiting guys are the guys organizing travel and keeping tabs on recruits and getting NLIs (national letters of intent) out and getting transcripts and doing the behind-the-scenes work," Frost said. "We couldn’t get many of these players without these guys."