Well, it usually takes a couple of losses, for “the honeymoon” to be over for a new coach returning to his alma mater.
Unfortunately, for new Nebraska and former UCF head coach Scott Frost, a rude reality check happened this weekend involving a burglary of his Lincoln, Nebraska, home.
Riley Johnson, a writer with the Lincoln Journal Star in Nebraska, broke the story on social media Monday morning:
.@Lincoln_Police say burglars took $165k in memorabilia from Scott Frost’s SW #LNK home over the weekend including 2 #Huskers championship rings, 10 Oregon championship rings & 2 #UCF championship rings. Burglars entered home – which is being renovated- thru an unlocked garage.
— Riley Johnson (@LJSRileyJohnson) July 30, 2018
The burglary occurred while Frost is not living in home as it’s being renovated and there was “come and go” access by the workers.
And as Johnson reports, the memorabilia includes not only his Nebraska championship rings, as a player, but two of the infamous UCF “National Champions” rings, as well.
You remember those Rings don’t you? As UCF has proclaimed themselves champions all off season, as college football’s only undefeated team in Division One a year ago.
Frost led the Knights to the 13-0 season, the AAC Championship Game win and the upset of Auburn in the Peach Bowl. However, he was not really fond of AD Danny White and the marketing push to call themselves “National Champions.”
Frost initially told USA Today this past Spring, that had he stayed in Orlando, he would have had a problem with the whole “National Champions” marketing push, while still trying to recruit/coach.
Frost back peddled a couple of days later in an interview with Orlando Sportsradio station 97.9 FM, “The Game,”
“I’m so proud of that team and will be forever… and happy for those guys and I don’t want anything that I said in an answer to have the appearance of diminishing from what they accomplished and how grateful we are to be a part of it… I don’t want anything I say to take away from those unbelievable kids and what that unbelievable team accomplished last year.”
It’s not relevant anymore for Frost, because he took the Nebraska job last December and is now back at his alma mater, where he quarterbacked the Huskers in the late 90s.
Still, it’s a bummer that thieves would rob one of their heroes, who’s returning to try to restore Nebraska to some kind of national relevancy.
And knowing how football-crazy that area and state is, the criminals who stole Frost’s jewelry will have a hard time showing it anywhere and not getting caught.
And Monday night, there was already an update that some of the items that had been alleged to have been taken from Frost’s home had shown back up:
AP: Police say new Nebraska coach Scott Frost found rings, originally reported stolen, in his garage https://t.co/fDTi2wekai
— Eric Olson (@ericolson64) July 31, 2018
Interestingly, Frost discovered a bag with most of the rings, the shoes and the gaming console in his garage.
Lincoln Police Capt. Todd Kocian said Monday night that Frost found all of his championship rings, the gaming console and one Central Florida football helmet.
Still missing were the shoes, five other football helmets and photographs.
The story goes on to say that the thieves attempted to rob a gun safe in the home too, and actually ripped the keypad off of it, but were unsuccessful.
The story will obviously continue.
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