Carolina Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey will always defend his family’s honor, and Nebraska head football coach Scott Frost learned that fact firsthand.
Frost coached Christian’s younger brother, Luke, for multiple seasons on the Cornhuskers. After Nebraska’s fourth-year head coach took a veiled shot at his former quarterback, he watched an All-Pro running back return fire on social media.
Christian McCaffrey defended his brother, Luke, after Scott Frost’s comments
Not long after the 2020 college football season ended, Nebraska quarterback Luke McCaffrey entered the transfer portal. Despite originally enrolling at Louisville, McCaffrey recently announced that he’d actually play the 2021 season at Rice University, a long-suffering program in Conference USA.
Enter Scott Frost, who recruited and coached the talented quarterback at Nebraska. According to The Athletic, Frost recently commented that players receive “bad advice” about the transfer portal and mentioned a player who had left the Cornhuskers and already intended to leave his second school.
That player, as one might quickly figure out, is McCaffrey. And luckily for Luke, he has a brother with a Stanford education and an excellent memory. In a tweet tagging Frost, Christian McCaffrey referenced the coach’s decision to transfer from Stanford to Nebraska while still an active player in the 1990s.
“PSA to all recruits: take note on how a coach treats his players once they’re no longer useful to him,” Christian wrote.
Another brother, Max, is currently the wide receivers coach at Northern Colorado. In his own tweet, Max Frost’s decision to transfer and suggested the coach treat “all players former and current with RESPECT.”
Frost has the right idea but executed his thoughts extremely poorly
Few, if any, in the college football world will dispute that the transfer portal has its issues. Yet, for every success story like Jalen Hurts leaving Alabama for Oklahoma, there are hundreds of players who became lost in the shuffle.
The problem isn’t Frost sharing his frustrations with the portal’s impact on graduation rates or tampering. He should never have singled out a specific player, even if he didn’t use McCaffrey’s name, to make his point.
The Cornhuskers, like every other program, use the portal to fill holes and add talented players. For example, former Ohio State defensive back Tyreke Johnson, the younger brother of Last Chance U alum De’Andre Johnson, recently announced he intended to transfer to Nebraska.
Did Johnson get bad advice when he signed with Ohio State out of high school? What about when he decided to join Frost’s program? All of the valid and intelligent points that Frost made lost their value when he brought up McCaffrey’s own journey.
It’s also worth noting that McCaffrey never took a class at Louisville. He enrolled in June 2021 and left before classes began, so Frost’s concerns about his former quarterback suffering academically because he’s been “moving around” really holds no weight.
Luke McCaffrey has an opportunity to do something special at Rice
With Frost and Nebraska in his rearview mirror, McCaffrey is ready to restart his college career at Rice.
McCaffrey, who is expected to compete for the Owls’ starting quarterback job, completed 48 of his 76 passes for 466 yards, a touchdown, and six interceptions at Nebraska in 2020. He also ran for 364 yards and three touchdowns on 5.6 yards per carry.
Rice went 2-3 in 2020 and hasn’t posted a winning record since 2014. The Owls open their 2021 season against the Arkansas Razorbacks on Saturday, September 4. Rice also plays Houston and Texas in non-conference play.
As for Nebraska, the Cornhuskers open their 2021 season against Illinois on Saturday, August 28. Rice and Nebraska are not scheduled to play at any point during the 2021 season.