It’s fitting that Scott Frost will lead off the parade of coaches when the Big Ten media daze begins on Monday.

Everyone wants to hear the prodigal son’s plan for returning to Nebraska sod and restoring the Cornhuskers to their national-power status.

Big Ten schools have brought in hot young coaches lately—notably P.J. Fleck at Minnesota and Jeff Brohm at Purdue last year. But success for the Gophers and Boilermakers is a very different deal than success at Nebraska, where national championships are the goal.

In the seven seasons from 1991-97, the Cornhuskers lost a total of eight games. That run included three unbeaten national-championship seasons. Since joining the Big Ten in 2011, Nebraska has at least four losses a season.

I had a conversation with a former Big Ten head coach about that decline a couple of years ago.

“When,’’ he said, “are people going to realize that Nebraska isn’t Nebraska any more?’’

Outsiders may feel that way. In those little houses on the prairie, they have just been biding their time. The rest of this article is available to subscribers only – to become a subscriber click here.