Nebraska Football: Scott Frost, Charles Jackson and the Huskers' Broken Code

Kraig LundbergAnalyst IIIFebruary 4, 2011

EUGENE, OR - NOVEMBER 6: Wide receivers coach Scott Frost  of the Oregon Ducks signals to his team as the offensive plays are signaled out to the team by use of a large signal board in the first quarter of the game against the Washington Huskies at Autzen Stadium on November 6, 2010 in Eugene, Oregon. (Photo by Steve Dykes/Getty Images)
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What an up-and-down week it has been for the Nebraska football program.

A strong crop of recruits was stamped with an exclamation point on signing day with the commitment of DT Todd Peat Jr. of Arizona.

However, that same day, rumors exploded about Indiana's Corey Raymond being hired to replace Marvin Sanders, who was supposedly going to be fired.

Husker Nation held its collective breath as it waited for word of Sanders' status.

Those proverbial lungs were punctured with the announcement of Sanders' resignation.

A highly regarded coach who instantly improved Nebraska's secondary when he joined Pelini's staff in 2008 and aided in the development of studs such as Prince Amukamara and Alfonzo Dennard, Sanders was reported to be resigning so he could spend more time with family.

Other rumors, however, suggested Sanders was going to be punished for non-football actions outside of the program.

No matter if he was pressured into resigning or if it really was just to spend more time with family, this is a big loss for the coaching staff.

To make matters worse, blue-chip cornerback recruit Charles Jackson of Klein, Texas, openly expressed discontent with the situation.

According to Jackson, he was never informed of Sanders' impending departure from the team until after signing day.

Jackson was confused and unhappy about not being informed of the situation, saying, “I think they should've told me before I signed.  I didn't have any idea.  They broke the guy code.”

This article by Dirk Chatelain details Jackson's comments.

Make no mistake, Jackson has every right to be upset about the failure to communicate changes, and this falls on the Huskers head man.

Bo Pelini made a big mistake when he failed to notify his recruits, particularly Jackson, about any possible coaching changes. 

Any time a recruit forms a relationship with a coach, as Jackson did with Sanders, it's only ethical to give them an opportunity to rethink their commitment if staff changes occur.

Being the head coach, this is obviously Pelini's problem, and he will now have to mend fences with Jackson (and maybe some of the other, less out-spoken recruits).  Kudos to Jackson for holding Pelini responsible.

On a lighter note, after a few articles that had been written about Oregon's Scott Frost joining the program were criticized for having no basis, this report from The Register Guard confirmed Nebraska's interest in Frost's services.

Whether Frost will return the interest is debatable (and seemingly improbable according to that report), but my guess is Frost will carefully consider the option.

Other rumors have surfaced about the statuses of Shawn Watson and Ted Gilmore, whose days may be numbered in Lincoln.

While nothing has been set in stone, the staff shake-up will likely become much clearer in the near future.

Chances are we will be seeing some fresh new faces on both sides of the coaching staff.