Bill Moos and Matt Davison have become familiar travel partners.
The Nebraska athletic director and the associate AD for football operations — who famously teamed up in Philadelphia back in November to help seal Scott Frost’s hire as the football coach — have spent many days on the road together since then.
Thursday afternoon, they made the very short commute to the Embassy Suites in Lincoln to talk football with about 300 Husker football fans during the first of two kickoff luncheons.
The pair mixed in some brass tacks and some storytelling — Moos, for instance, joked that Nebraskans are the nicest people out there, “until they get behind the steering wheel or a shopping cart at the grocery store” — and overall thought the full conference room was representative of the energy behind the NU athletic department and its football program.
“Our brand is not tarnished, it just needed to be dusted a little bit,” Moos told the crowd. “And I’m here to tell you: It’s dusted.
“I did some of the dusting myself and a lot of other people have had a hand in it, too.”
On this day, just more than one week before Frost coaches his first game here Sept. 1 against Akron, Moos and Davison touched on several familiar topics.
Naturally, no quarterback news arose: “It won’t be long,” Davison said. “Everybody will know pretty soon.”
The walk-on program came up. It’s strong and will continue to be so, both acknowledged.
So, too, did the Blackshirts. That will be up to defensive coordinator Erik Chinander and Frost to decide who earns that title and when, Davison said.
A couple of other mostly light-hearted but also interesting points:
*** Davison described his job as dealing with “anything that touches the football program from the outside.” Largely, it seems, director of operations Gerrod Lambrecht handles the machinations within the program and Davison is the point person for external matters. He said Thursday he deals with partners like adidas and IMG, is involved in the recruiting operations, alumni functions and has spent significant time working to involve more former players in the program.
*** Davison said the coaching staff has talked with the team about its tough schedule, particularly the road games. He pointed out that, if you’re one of the best teams in the Big Ten then you’re one of the best teams in the country and that he thinks the Huskers relish the challenge.
“We’re going to go take some swings and see if we can knock somebody off,” he said.
*** Moos has told the story of why he coveted the Nebraska job for years. On Thursday, he again reiterated his will to win a championship.
“I knew I had one more rodeo in me,” he said. “And to be honest, I want to win the big buckle. We have a better chance of doing that here than anywhere I’ve ever been.”