LINCOLN — Nebraska football coach Scott Frost has received a one-year show cause order and a five-day suspension from Huskers practice for his role in the former analyst’s failed oversight special teams Jonathan Rutledge, the NCAA announced Monday.
Rutledge, who coached at NU during the 2020 COVID season, “provided technical or tactical instruction to student-athletes during practices and film sessions,” the NCAA said. “He also helped with tactical decisions during matches.”
Because analysts are not allowed to do such things in practices and games, Rutledge was one more assistant coach for practices/games than the 10 allowed by the NCAA.
Frost, according to the NCAA, addressed concerns about Rutledge’s duties, but “did not appropriately monitor the analyst or notify compliance staff that violations had occurred.”
“Specifically, after observing the then-Special Teams Analyst communicate with student-athletes, adjust a student-athlete’s alignment, and demonstrate techniques during practice,” the team wrote. three people from the NCAA report, “the head coach addressed it directly with the then-special team teams analyst, but he incorrectly concluded that the conduct did not constitute a violation and omitted to notify or consult compliance.”
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Using the negotiation resolution process, Nebraska agreed to the violations and penalties, which include the show cause order and suspension to occur at some point during the 2022 “championship segment,” which begins on first day of training camp and ends after the season.
“I appreciate the diligent efforts of our staff at the University of Nebraska to bring this matter to an end,” Alberts said. “We had an exceptional collaboration with the NCAA, and I want to thank the NCAA staff for their time and professionalism throughout this process.
“It is important that the Nebraska Athletic Department and the football program put this issue behind us and focus our full attention on the upcoming season. We are satisfied with the outcome and believe the negotiated resolution is fair and equitable. At Nebraska, we are committed to running an athletic department that is fully compliant with all NCAA rules.
The order is often associated with coaches who have already been fired by a school and are colloquially considered unhireable because they have a show cause order attached to their case.
But, according to NCAA statutes, it “primarily requires a member institution to demonstrate to the satisfaction of the Infractions Committee or Independent Resolution Panel why it should not be subject to a sanction or penalty. additional for failing to take appropriate disciplinary or corrective action with respect to a member of staff of the establishment or a representative of the sporting interests of the establishment judged by the Infractions Committee or the Resolution Committee independent as having been implicated in a violation of the NCAA constitution and rules.”
According to the negotiated resolution, Nebraska must submit to the NCAA its “comprehensive compliance and education program on NCAA law” by June 15, 2022, then file a progress report by March 15. 2023. Frost must also attend the annual regional rules seminar at his own expense.
Other NU penalties include: a $10,000 fine; an already imposed reduction in the number of countable coaches for the 2022 spring camp; and the withdrawal of all non-coaching staff – including analysts – for five consecutive days during the “Championship Segment”.
Alberts and Frost last addressed the issue in mid-August at a hastily arranged press conference at Memorial Stadium. Alberts at the time said NU had “100% complied with the NCAA” and confirmed an Action Network report that the NCAA had launched an investigation before Alberts took the job.
“Our coaches, including Coach Frost, did a great job and were very accessible working with the NCAA as we worked through these allegations,” Alberts said at the time. Frost directly addressed this part of the report. Action Network also alleged that Nebraska held unauthorized off-campus workouts early in the COVID pandemic.
“Everything we’ve done has been approved by the administration of the athletic department and the campus administration,” Frost said, referring vaguely to the allegation. The NCAA confirmed on Monday that all practices were “allowed” and did not violate NCAA rules.
According to the rule, analysts are not allowed to provide on-field instructions to players during practices or matches. They can converse with coaches in both contexts and provide ‘words of encouragement’ in the sidelines during games. The NCAA said Rutledge coached in practices and games, and Frost didn’t do enough to stop him.
“(Frost) was present when some of the violations occurred and identified red flags,” the NCAA committee wrote. “Yet he did not consult compliance when he noticed these red flags to ensure the special teams analyst was complying with NCAA legislation.”
Frost hired Rutledge to oversee special teams — as an analyst — for the 2020 season. Aside from a strong field goal performance from Connor Culp — who was the Big Ten’s top kicker that year — Nebraska did poorly. performed in the third phase of this season, especially in covering kick-offs. Rutledge was fired after that season.
“Honestly, if I’m the only one he fired and not the coach on the pitch, it’s a bit strange,” Rutledge told the World-Herald in January 2021.
NCAA law enforcement personnel contacted NU around the same time to see if Rutledge had engaged in any prohibited activities based on news reports after Rutledge left.
From February 2021 through April, NU compliance staff reviewed “relevant documentation and special teams training footage” and conducted an interview with Frost and another assistant Husker. In April 2021, compliance reported to the NCAA that it had identified potential violations.
“The institution and law enforcement personnel then reviewed additional training footage and materials, and conducted interviews with other individuals, including the head football coach and the former special teams analyst,” the NCAA report read.
Frost chose to promote outside linebackers coach Mike Dawson to special teams coordinator last season. NU struggled even more with special teams in 2021 – Culp, for his part, lost his ability to score field goals from less than 40 yards – while Frost blamed special teams for several losses. The Huskers’ new special teams coordinator, Bill Busch, was an analyst for the 2021 team.
“He’s behind the scenes with Dawson,” Nick Isaac Gifford said of Busch last August, “but he’s giving you advice, showing you what to do, studying this movie and putting it all on the table.”