Alberts opens up about Frost, sold-out streak, B1G refereeing and more
During his monthly radio show, Nebraska athletic director Trev Alberts was asked about the status of Husker head coach Scott Frost for 2022, and Alberts said he was proud of the work that Frost and his team have accomplished this year, but stopped before deciding on the future. .
“Making bold and general statements in the middle of a football season can be very counterproductive for me… I think there is a time and space for it, but I can tell you that I have been extremely proud of Coach Frost and our coaching staff, ”Alberts said to a direct question from a caller. “I love working with Scott. We continue to work together. I see great things for our football program.
During his hour-long radio appearance, Alberts touched on a number of topics, both football and not.
Alberts said he makes a point of attending football practices even for short periods of time a few times a week to get a feel for how things are going. He said he stopped in training on Tuesday and saw full training with those on defense versus those on attack.
“I’m just trying to understand how positive our team and coaching staff are and I’m telling you the only thing I’m really proud of is how hard these young men work and stay together. That’s a big part of it, ”Alberts said. “It really, really matters to them and it really matters to me in terms of the culture, the mental aspect and the makeup of our football team and leadership.
“I think they’re pretty united and working together and that means a lot.”
Coming out of the week off, Nebraska is 3-5 overall and 1-4 in the Big Ten with four games remaining in the next five weeks. Alberts said the loss to Minnesota “cuts your wings a bit” after a win over Northwestern and a three-point loss to Michigan.
“I’m proud of what Coach Frost and our staff have done,” said Alberts. “We have four games in the next five weeks which is a great opportunity for us and I can’t wait for us to play against Purdue.”
–Alberts has said he expects Saturday’s game against Purdue to be sold out. The Huskers have three more home games this season – games against Ohio State and Iowa are scheduled for November. Alberts has said he appreciates the continued support from fans and believes the sold-out streak is safe throughout the 2021 season.
“We haven’t always done our part in recent years,” he said. “There are some aspects of the Husker fan experience in particular areas that are not up to par either that we are working on. (The fan base) is what separates Nebraska athletics from all the other sports departments in the country. “
–Alberts said the $ 155 million Nebraska practice center was operating on schedule and on budget. The Husker AD said there was still work to be done to raise the final $ 20 million, but expected Nebraska to meet its fundraising goals by the deadline at the end of the year. He said that due to construction-related inflation, the University did not want to send the second half of the project back to auction.
– Alberts was asked about the Big Ten refereeing, and in his response he wondered if the team that worked the Michigan-Nebraska game might not have been overcome with emotion and l atmosphere of Memorial Stadium. Alberts noted that there had been some missed calls back and forth in this game, and said that kind of calls were generally equal at the end of the season. Alberts said overall he thinks officiating in the Big Ten is “good enough” but that more time and energy needs to be invested in experienced officials.
“I don’t know if this game was a little big for this crew,” Alberts said. “The amount of noise, the energy, it seemed to me that maybe, this environment could have been a little big for this crew.”
– Alberts won’t be at the Purdue game. Her son Chase is getting married outside of Omaha on Saturday – a wedding that was planned before Alberts became the AD of Nebraska.