Scott Frost has been in the homes and schools of many Nebraska football recruits in his first week as the Huskers' head football coach.
On Thursday, he was also broadcast into the homes and cars of millions more.
It's good to be the hottest name in coaching and a national award winner.
Frost, who was in the St. Louis area Thursday to see four-star safety prospect Dallas Craddieth, joined Jim Rome's national radio show early in the afternoon and then traveled to Atlanta for ESPN's College Football Awards show, where he was named national Coach of the Year.
While talking with Rome, Frost said he and his staff are off and running at NU.
“I think the time is right for a renaissance in Lincoln,” Frost told the longtime radio host.
Asked for his recruiting pitch, Frost said, “Come play for coaches that care about you. Come play for the No. 1 offense in the country and come play in a defense that went from the bottom of the United States to the top 15 for two years.
“There’s absolutely no reason we can’t get kids to Lincoln, Nebraska. Kids leave places right now and go everywhere in the country. There’s no reason kids won’t come to Lincoln if they’re going to Columbus (Ohio), Ann Arbor, (Michigan) and Eugene (Oregon), and I think we’re going to create an environment in Lincoln that people are going to want to be a part of. We don’t need all of them, we just need the ones that want to be here and help make Nebraska a power again.”
Bowl game status up in the air, but Frost wants to coach: The former Wood River star said he’s still working through logistics, but is hoping to be able to coach No. 10 UCF in the Peach Bowl against No. 7 Auburn on Jan. 1.
“The players at UCF have scratched and clawed and worked to get the opportunity that they’ve got,” he told Rome. “If I can make it work, I owe it to those guys to do everything I can to give them the best chance to win that football game and we’re trying to work that out now. It’d be great to see them one more time.”
Osborne's thumb's up helped ease Frost's mind: Frost also addressed the role that his former head coach and Nebraska legend Tom Osborne played in his decision to leave the Knights and come back to NU.
“You know what Tom said to me, he said, ‘I'm going to take a hard look at what's going on here and I'm going to tell you whether I think it's right for you or not.’ And when he took a look at the things that were going on in Lincoln and the new people that were in charge on campus, I think he felt really good about the opportunity to come back. … When he gave me that OK, that made me feel a lot better about taking the opportunity.”
Frost admitted Sunday it was difficult to leave Orlando, but has said from the beginning that he's impressed with the leadership group of athletic director Bill Moos, Chancellor Ronnie Green and NU System President Hank Bounds.
"If things hadn't come together like they did, I might not have looked at the job," Frost said.
A nightcap in Atlanta: Frost's whirlwind day continued with a trip to Atlanta to attend ESPN's annual college football awards show and receive the award for Coach of the Year.
Speaking with ESPN's Chris Fowler, Frost said of UCF, "I inherited a winless team, but I inherited a lot of winners. I'm glad that I could represent these guys today and it's an honor for me to be up here."
Frost wore a UCF pin on his right lapel and a Nebraska pin on his left. Asked about the NU job, Frost demurred.
"It was a tough decision, but tonight's not about that. Tonight's about the group of guys that helped us get to the Peach Bowl and helped us be undefeated. All I'll say is, as long as I coach, I hope I get a chance to have the relationships and connection that I had with the team this year."