Per the Nebraska athletic department, Ron Brown has been hired as “Director of Player Development.”
Per the release:
In his new role at Nebraska, Brown will serve in a non-coaching role, mentoring Husker football student-athletes in numerous off-field development areas. Brown will work closely with Nebraska’s nationally renowned Life Skills program and assist in community outreach efforts of Husker football players and staff.
Brown had previously been around the Nebraska program for a very long time. 24 years, but who’s counting. He was an assistant from 1987 to 2003, and then from 2008 to 2014. He was coaching with Turner Gill at Liberty University the past three seasons.
Scott Frost Quote:
“Coach Brown had a tremendous impact on me during my playing career at Nebraska, and I am sure he will have a similar impact on many young men in our football program in the years ahead,” Frost said. “Coach Brown understands Nebraska and what makes this a great place for student-athletes to grow and learn in all areas.”
There is a lot more to the release from the athletic department
I am sure there are many who are happy to see Ron Brown to return to the program. He is a familiar face, and he’s part of the “old regime” and this seems to make a lot of you very happy.
He is, no doubt, a pretty decent human being. He has also been very polarizing. This is one of those hires where I shrug my shoulders and say, “I hope Scott Frost knows what he’s doing” because Frost already has the entire state’s ego on his shoulders.
On the other hand, Frost has just hired a mentor, someone who will be there all of the time and can provide some advice if Frost gets bogged down with all the weight he is carrying. From that perspective, this looks like a great hire.
In the end it will all be about winning football games. We can talk about “raising good young people” all we want, but as fans, that’s just bullshit. If Frost isn’t successful we will crucify him just like we have the false prophets before him.
I hope that Ron Brown can help that not happen.