Nebraska releases details of Scott Frost’s contract, including $5 million assistant salary pool

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Scott Frost has been the head coach at Nebraska for months now but he just put pen to paper on his massive new contract.

According to documents from the school sent to the Omaha World-Herald, Frost’s contract was made official on May 22 after he was previously working under a memorandum of understanding since being hired in early December.

The terms of the original seven-year, $35 million contract remain in place but there were a handful of details about the deal with his alma mater that were finally made public, including bonus structure, perks and the Cornhuskers’ assistant salary pool being put in writing. Among the details:

  • The contract calls for a whopping $5 million salary pool for his 10 assistant coaches plus the head strength and conditioning coach of the program.
  • Should Frost take another job, his buyout is for $2.5 million per year for the remainder of the contract.
  • Nebraska’s buyout if they fire him is “$5 million per year for the remainder of the contract prior to and through Dec. 31, 2022, and $2.5 million after Dec. 31, 2022.”
  • Frost will receive 20 hours of private plane usage.
  • He will receive $150,000 in bonus money for appearing in any bowl game and, among other incentives, will earn $650,000 for winning the national title at his alma mater.
  • The school also covered the $3 million buyout UCF required.

That’s certainly a lot of dough for the Cornhuskers to lure their head coach back home but Frost was definitely negotiating from a position of strength given the work he did in Orlando and the open jobs interested in him at the time. It’s not unusual for months to go by before a coach signs his actual contract but the long wait is probably no big deal to either Frost or the legion of Big Red fans who are hoping that he can bring his turnaround touch to Lincoln this season and beyond.