Turning back the clock on a Husker tradition

In this Aug. 10, 2017, photo, head equipment manager Jay Terry walks into a room where gear for the Nebraska NCAA college football team is kept, in Lincoln, Neb. Terry supervises a staff of 18 student football managers, who play important roles at practices, such as marking the ball, setting the first-down chains and holding up play-call cards. And then there are the rote tasks of setting out and putting away equipment and, after practices and games, doing players' and coaches' laundry long after they've left the locker room. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

Hearkening back to the way it was is a goal of Scott Frost in his efforts to bring a resurgence to the Big Red.

Frost embracing the past with tales of Coach Osborne at the Big Ten Media Days, and talking about bringing back annual games with old rivals, specifically mentioning teams like Kansas State and Iowa State.

The former Husker is also a fan of turning back the clock in another regard heading into the 2018 season.

"When I was in college, we had a freshman locker room and a varsity locker room and it meant a lot when we came up there," Frost said. who started his NCAA career at Stanford before transferring to Nebraska in January of 1995.

"That was part of the discussion, but to be honest with you, a little bit of it was necessity, because we don’t have enough space in our locker room if we’re growing the roster and we don’t have enough space in our meeting rooms if we’re growing the roster, so we have to be smart about how we do that."

For the time being, the idea is still being discussed because they have to logistically figure out who and what is going where, such as junior college players and transfers. Should they go straight to the varsity locker, or spend time in the freshman room. The overall goal of the move, though, remains to serve as a reminder to the guys on the roster.

"Nebraska football players can be entitled sometimes because of all the things you get for being a Nebraska football player," Frost said. "I don’t think it’s healthy to have things handed to you. I think it makes you better if you have to earn all those things."

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