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Nebraska AD Bill Moos has set the expectations high for Scott Frost and staff in 2021

Coming off a special season at UCF, Scott Frost full expected a rebuild when he took the reigns of his alma mater heading into the 2018 season.

The three seasons since taking over have been full of small steps, and plenty of frustration for a growing program, and even the most loyal of Nebraska fans have patience that is starting to wear thin.

Now heading into his fourth season, athletic director Bill Moos is willing to go on record as to the high expectations he has for the Huskers program in year four under Frost.

Asked yesterday about how many wins would equal success in 2021, Moos shared "It would be great to get into that 8-9 win" range, and added that he believes that win total is a "realistic" expectation, Sam McKewon tweets.

Frost is 12-20 and without a bowl bid so far heading into a critical year four, and now has his athletic director on record of what realistic expectations look like heading into the 2021 season.

At the end of the 2019 season that ended in a 5-7 mark, Moos seemed to have acknowledged the extent of the rebuild at hand by tacking on another two years to Frost's original contract, meaning that he will be paid about $5 million a year through the 2026 season. His deal lists his buyout at $5 million if he were to leave Nebraska by the end of 2024 and drops to $2.5 million if he were to leave in his final two years of the deal.

Reaching a bowl game in 2021 would be a great sign of progress for the Frost tenure at Nebraska, and they'll have to play well on the road with games scheduled at Oklahoma, Michigan State, Minnesota, and Wisconsin this fall while they get the Wolverines, Buckeyes, Hawkeyes, and Northwestern at home.

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