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A timeline of Frost’s first year as Nebraska’s head coach

December 3, 2018

Below is a timeline of Scott Frost’s first year as Nebraska’s head coach, featuring all the key moments, games and more.

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Dec. 2, 2017: Hours after Frost coached UCF to a conference championship, Nebraska officially announced it hired him as its next head coach, and Frost received a contract that made him the highest paid coach in school history. Later that night, Adrian Martinez received a scholarship offer from Nebraska

Dec. 3: Frost was officially introduced during a press conference at Memorial Stadium that turned into a celebration with more than 200 ex-Huskers present. Tom Osborne was also there and revealed how much Frost struggled with the decision

Dec. 6: Frost won the Home Depot Coach of the Year Award

Dec. 11: Frost returned to Orlando to begin Peach Bowl preparations with UCF

Dec. 12: Martinez committed to Frost after the coach made a cross-country flight from Florida to California to visit with him. Martinez made his commitment public the next day

Dec. 14: Frost won the Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year Award

Dec. 16: Frost made one of his first public appearances at a Nebraska basketball game, and the fans went nuts

Dec. 18: Frost won AP Coach of the Year

Dec. 20-22: Frost signed his first recruits in a new early signing period. The class at that point included several players who would make an immediate impact

Jan. 1: Frost and UCF completed their undefeated season with a victory over Auburn in the Peach Bowl and it served as a national informercial for the future of Husker football

Jan. 9: Once an NCAA rule went into effect expanding coaching staffs to allow for a 10th full-time assistant, Nebraska announced the final addition with former Husker Barrett Ruud, who serves as inside linebackers coach. He, along with the rest of the assistants, worked for Frost at Central Florida

Jan. 9: Frost named the AFCA FBS Coach of the Year

Jan. 23: Two Nebraska football players were sent to the hospital with rhabdomyolysis after an offseason workout. “Anything that happens in this program is my responsibility, and I feel terrible about it,” Frost said

Feb. 7: Tickets to Frost’s first spring game as head coach sold out in less than 24 hours

Feb. 7: Frost signed the rest of his first Husker recruiting class, including a signing-day announcement from running back Maurice Washington

March 16: Scott Frost conducted his first spring practice at Nebraska

April 12: Backup quarterback Patrick O’Brien, who entered spring in a competition with Adrian Martinez and Tristan Gebbia, left Nebraska and eventually lands at Colorado State

April 21: Frost coached his first Nebraska spring game. The event broke a program attendance record. Frost was the star, but Martinez caught people’s attention

June 15: Frost held his first Friday Night Lights recruiting camp, which attracted hundreds of prospects and even more fans

July 18: Frost brought back Ron Brown as director of player development, and two days later he announced the return of Dave Ellis as director of performance nutrition

July 23: Frost spoke at Big Ten media day, bringing national attention to the Husker football program

Aug. 3: Nebraska opened fall camp for the first time under Frost

Aug. 10: Frost had Blackshirt legends Grant Wistrom and Jason Peter deliver an inspirational speech to the Huskers

Aug. 18: Frost held his first Fan Day and attracted about 8,000 people, and some waited in line as long as 12 hours for a chance to meet the Husker head coach

Aug. 24: Frost awarded his first scholarships to walk-ons Bryan Reimers, Wyatt Mazour and Jacob Weinmaster

Aug. 26: Frost announced that true freshman Martinez would be Nebraska’s starting quarterback to open the season

Aug. 28: Gebbia decided to transfer after not winning the starting job, the second quarterback to leave after Frost took over

Aug. 30: Frost announced his first team captains — Mick Stoltenberg, Jerald Foster, Luke Gifford and Stanley Morgan

Sept. 1: On “Scott Frost Day”, excitement was at a fever pitch for Frost’s debut — including a revamped Tunnel Walk — but Mother Nature didn’t cooperate. Nebraska had to cancel its game against Akron after thunderstorms rolled through Lincoln right after kickoff

Sept. 8: Frost made his real Husker coaching debut against Colorado, but it was spoiled when the Buffs took the lead in the fourth quarter, and backup quarterback Andrew Bunch — thrust into action after Martinez was injured on a play Frost said later he thought was intentional — failed to lead a game-winning touchdown drive. “When you’re trying to go from an average team to a great team, you don’t beat yourself,” Frost said

Sept. 10: Frost handed out his first Blackshirts. Seven players received them — Mohamed Barry, Tyrin Ferguson, Luke Gifford, Dedrick Young, Mick Stoltenberg, Freedom Akinmoladun and Dicaprio Bootle. Several more would get Blackshirts through the course of the season

Sept. 15: The Huskers fell to 0-2 after a 24-19 loss to Troy without the injured Martinez. “If anybody doesn’t want to stay on board with this ride with us, let me know now and get off,” Frost said. “Because I know where this is going. We just haven’t had the results early”

Sept. 22: Nebraska was dominated from the start in Michigan, trailed 39-0 at halftime and eventually lost by 46 points. “I honestly believe this is going to be the bottom right here,” Frost said

Sept. 29: Nebraska committed 11 penalties for 136 yards in a 42-28 home loss to Purdue, a school-record eighth straight defeat. “We look like one of the most undisciplined teams in the country, and it kills me,” Frost said

Oct. 2: Tyjon Lindsey, one of the highest-ranked recruits in the 2017 class, left the program, one of two players that would transfer during the season. The other was Greg Bell, who left a few days later. “Sometimes those things are necessary,” Frost said

Oct. 6: Wisconsin defeated Nebraska, 41-24, for the Badgers’ sixth straight victory over NU. “Right now, they’re just better than we are,” Frost said

Oct. 13: Nebraska was oh so close to Frost’s first win, but instead it fell to 0-6, snatching defeat from the jaws of victory as Northwestern scored 17 fourth-quarter points, including a 99-yard touchdown drive to force overtime. “There’s 100 ways we could have won that game,” Frost said

Oct. 20: At last, Frost earned his first victory as Nebraska’s head coach with three 100-yard rushers in a 53-28 win over Minnesota. “That’s what it’s supposed to feel like out there,” Frost said

Oct. 27: In a game added to the schedule to replace the canceled opener, Nebraska easily defeated FCS foe Bethune-Cookman in a game that featured guys eating Runzas on the opposing sideline, a 5-foot-4 kicker and several native sons making their mark for the first time

Nov. 3: Nebraska traveled to the Horseshoe and “went toe-to-toe with a top 10 team,” led at halftime but ultimately came up short in a 36-31 loss to Ohio State. Still, “that is a big step forward,” Frost said

Nov. 10: In the coldest home game in 25 years, the Huskers stayed hot by forcing five turnovers in a 54-35 victory over Illinois. “We got some good breaks today,” Frost said. “We were probably due for some good breaks.”

Nov. 17: On a snowy, low-scoring Senior Day, the Huskers got three fourth-quarter field goals from freshman Barret Pickering to eke out a 9-6 victory over Michigan State. “Every week I have been coaching them, I think there’s a little more fight,” Frost said. “Today was certainly the most I’ve seen”

Nov. 23: Frost’s first season came to a disappointing end when Iowa kicked a game-winning field goal as time expired for a 31-28 victory on Black Friday. “I’ve got some fighters in there,” Frost said. “We need fighters. We’ve been missing a little bit of that. That team is getting to the point where they expect to win and hate to lose”

Nov. 25: Frost hit the recruiting trail to help put the final touches on Nebraska’s 2019 recruiting class

Dec. 2, 2018: The one-year anniversary of the day Nebraska hired Frost

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