Scout's Pick: Best Fit At Nebraska

The Scout team of national recruiting experts chime in with their picks for which coach would fit best at Nebraska.

Loads of names are being thrown around when it comes to projecting the next Nebraska coach, but the Scout team of national recruiting analysts know who is successful, and why, so they are offering their picks for the replacement.


Greg Biggins, West

Name: Scott Frost
Current school: Oregon
Current position: Offensive coordinator
Head coaching record: N/A

I think one name that will jump to mind for all Husker fans is Scott Frost, simply because he's a Nebraska guy and has done very well at Oregon as a position coach, coordinator and recruiter. He has proven to be a solid evaluator, well liked by both kids and parents and could bring an exciting, up tempo offense that would be attractive to play in if you're a high school prospect. He's also young, energetic and if he turns out to be a home run, you have your next head coach for the next decade and beyond.

The down side obviously is he has never been a head coach before and if you're Nebraska and have the means to pay top dollar, does it make more sense to go after a proven head coach? Guys like Nick Saban, Urban Meyer or Les Miles would be fun to dream about but not likely going to happen and no matter how much money you threw at them, their respective schools could match it.

Mississippi State head coach Dan Mullen, Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney and Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn are names I like and definitely worthy of a phone call to gauge interest. If you think you have a chance on one of them and they show real interest and not just the kind of interest to get a raise with their present employer, I say go all in. Otherwise, I turn my focus back to Frost and trust he's the guy to take the program to the next level.


Brian Dohn, East

Name: Rich Rodriguez
Current school: Arizona
Current position: Head coach
Head coaching record: 102-60 (13 seasons)

Rich Rodriguez would be an awesome hire, and let’s not start with talk about his offense in November weather in the Big Ten. He won at West Virginia, and that is not in the nation’s sun belt. He is 102-60, came within an unreal upset by Pittsburgh from playing for a national championship at West Virginia, and the best season Brady Hoke had at Michigan was due to Rodriguez’s players. He has Arizona in the Pac-12 title game and is 26-12 in his three seasons in Tucson.

It may take some time to sculpt Nebraska into his offensive ways, but his track record is proven, and the hope is he learned his lesson about blowing up a traditional power from the inside and alienating people with how Michigan went, so he could be more sensitive to such a situation at Nebraska. If money is not an object, than Rich Rod should be the object of Shawn Eichorst’s eyes.

If you are an offensive prospect, you love Rodriguez’s offense. He can recruit across the country because of his time at West Virginia, Michigan and Arizona, and he is well-respected by high school coaches. Defensively, he can hire the right guy to carry on with Nebraska’s tradition.


Brandon Huffman, West

Name: Kyle Whittingham
Current school: Utah
Current position: Head coach
Head coaching record: 83-43 (10 seasons)

I think a perfect fit for Nebraska is Kyle Whittingham. Again, look at Wisconsin- they hired Whittingham’s former defensive coordinator and now they’re playing for the Big Ten championship in just his second year on the job, and only his sixth year as a head coach at an FBS program.

Whittingham has been a head coach at Utah for 10 seasons, won a handful of conference championships, kept the success that Urban Meyer had there going (had a perfect season of his own) and has also seen the transition from the Mountain West to the Pac-12. He doesn’t have to worry about a transition to the Big Ten for the Huskers, they’ve been in the conference for four years now, a whole cycle.

A change of scenery might be good for him, too. And he’s had very good assistants that would go with him (like Andersen to Wisconsin), and having been Andersen’s boss, would be a nice counter to Wisconsin, who’s probably the Huskers biggest threat in their division each year.


Jamie Newberg, Florida

Name: Mark Stoops
Current school: Kentucky
Current position: Head coach
Head coaching record: 7-17 (two seasons)

I would go after a guy like Mark Stoops. In a few short years he has done a terrific job at Kentucky. They are a state similar to that of Nebraska where there are just not that many recruits. Stoops has had to recruit the heck out of the southeast as well as Ohio. The guy and his staff have been relentless and recruiting well at a place like Kentucky. That's saying a lot because it's much harder sell than what Wildcat basketball coach John Calipari has in Lexington.


Greg Powers, Midlands

Name: Kyle Whittingham
Current school: Utah
Current position: Head coach
Head coaching record: 83-43 (10 seasons)

I do not know if it fits or not and he is not one who I have covered much, but a guy who I feel like could come in and make waves in the Big 10 at Nebraska is a guy like Whittingham at Utah. He is a coach who always seems to have his team’s well prepared and staying the vein that NU is looking for a coach to come in and take the program to the next level has an impeccable record in bowl games (7-1). May not be the splash hire that fans would clamor over, but he is young and innovative coach who knows how to win and runs a clean program.


Chad Simmons, Southeast

Name: Gary Patterson
Current school: Texas Christian
Current position: Head coach
Head coaching record: 130-45 (15 seasons)

A great fit for Nebraska would be Gary Patterson. What a job he has done at TCU. First he was about defense. Now he is scoring points in a hurry week in and week out. He knows how to identify talent, he coaches kids up, he knows how to win, he has built a program, and he has the passion I love to see in a coach. He could be an ideal fit in Lincoln.


Allen Trieu, Midwest

Name: Scott Frost
Current school: Oregon
Current position: Offensive coordinator
Head coaching record: N/A

I think, in an almost anyone goes type scenario, a guy like Gary Patterson, who has won and has recruited important areas in the Midlands for TCU makes a lot of sense. I also think a guy like Pat Narduzzi, who has ties to Ohio, another area the Huskers have recruited a lot makes sense. He's also a guy who is built on toughness and defense and would be a great fit.

But in the end, I really like Scott Frost. He's an alum that the fan base will get behind and support and he's run a high-powered offense in Oregon. He understands Nebraska football, he's young, and I think he makes a lot of sense.



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