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“Without the structured environment here, I worry about our kids,” Frost said. “… Truly, at the bottom of my heart, I believe that our kids are safer in this environment than they are somewhere else.”

And while other coaches and teams have made similar arguments in recent days — Big Ten coaches Jim Harbaugh (Michigan), Ryan Day (Ohio State) and James Franklin (Penn State) all stumped for football Monday — Frost said no school in the country is more aligned in the desire to play football this fall than Nebraska.

President Ted Carter, Chancellor Ronnie Green and Athletic Director Bill Moos are all in favor of moving forward, creating a consensus of administrators and coaches that many Power Five institutions don’t enjoy.

And while players from roughly half of the Big Ten programs have opted out of the season, no Huskers have done so, Frost said. Quarterback Adrian Martinez, offensive lineman Matt Farniok and cornerback Dicaprio Bootle all spoke with media members and agreed that starting the season under established protocols is the right decision.

Their message was different than Big Ten United, a group that claims to represent more than  1,000 conference football players and demanded more stringent safety protocols and transparency.

Not normally one for issuing statements to open press conferences, Frost spoke for more than 10 minutes before taking a question about why playing football  is the best course of action this fall — not canceling or pushing back the 2020 season.

The 45-year-old coach’s voice cracked with emotion more than once, reminiscent of his Orange Bowl speech in January 1998 when the former quarterback lobbied to help Nebraska win a national championship. With heavy consequences looming again, he laid out myriad reasons why the Huskers and college football should journey forward.

Economic fallout? Absolutely, Frost said. How about a hit of $80 million to $120 million to the Nebraska athletic department, $300 million to the city of Lincoln and hundreds of millions to the state. Furloughs and layoffs for workers would increase. Other college sports programs may be eliminated, never to return.

Player well being? Nowhere is safer than within the program, Frost said, at least at NU. The Huskers could contract COVID-19 anywhere, but inside the fold of the athletic department they have routine testing and medical care. Send them away, and they’re removed from vast university resources — academic help, nutrition, accountability and a steady daily routine.

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“Without the structured environment here, I worry about our kids,” Frost said. “… Truly, at the bottom of my heart, I believe that our kids are safer in this environment than they are somewhere else.”

And while other coaches and teams have made similar arguments in recent days — Big Ten coaches Jim Harbaugh (Michigan), Ryan Day (Ohio State) and James Franklin (Penn State) all stumped for football Monday — Frost said no school in the country is more aligned in the desire to play football this fall than Nebraska. President Ted Carter, Chancellor Ronnie Green and Athletic Director Bill Moos are all in favor of moving forward, creating a consensus of administrators and coaches that many Power Five institutions don’t enjoy.

And while players from roughly half of the Big Ten programs have opted out of the season, no Huskers have done so, Frost said. Quarterback Adrian Martinez, offensive lineman Matt Farniok and cornerback Dicaprio Bootle all spoke with media members and agreed that starting the season under established protocols is the right decision. Their message was different than Big Ten United, a group that claims to represent more than  1,000 conference football players and demanded more stringent safety protocols and transparency.

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