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 LINCOLN, Neb. -- The pieces that led to Nebraska's hiring of Scott Frost as football coach over the weekend did not fall into place out of a fairy tale. As late as Friday night, Frost harbored deep reservations about leaving his unbeaten team at UCF. A conversation with his mentor and former coach, Tom Osborne, persuaded Frost to stick with the decision to return to his alma mater. And without the deliberate work of Matt Davison, Frost's ex-teammate and close friend, the Cornhuskers likely would have lacked the connection to strike a deal. Men's Nike Arizona Cardinals #27 Tyvon Branch Limited Black 2016 Salute to Service NFL JerseyOsborne and Davison gave Nebraska a much-needed edge in this process, teaming with athletic director Bill Moos, who pushed every proper button to tap into Frost's love for his home state and the program he helped lead to a share of the national title as a quarterback 20 years ago. Frost never seriously considered other suitors, though they came at him hard Womens Niklas Backstrom Jersey -- in particular Florida -- as his high-octane offense and remarkable two-year turnaround with the Knights attracted widespread attention. Men's Nike Houston Texans #41 Zach Cunningham Game White NFL JerseyStill he struggled considerably with the timing to accept the Nebraska job, a position, seemingly, for which he was born -- as the son of an ex-Huskers wingback under coach Bob Devaney and an Olympian shot put and discus thrower who coached at the school. "In the end, a lot of this was about integrity and how you go about your business," Moos said Sunday after Frost's formal introduction, a homecoming celebration among dozens of former teammates hungry for Nebraska's return a powerful spot in the sport. "It was easy. And that's not the norm anymore." BY EASY, Moos means simply Eric Weddle Authentic Jersey that Frost's courtship went smoothly, free of the drama that has plagued Tennessee and others in this hiring season. Though Davison has told anyone willing to listen for the past decade that Frost would ascend to this spot in Lincoln, the key events in the chain began in earnest 11 weeks ago. Nebraska started miserably this fall, allowing 42 first-half points in a Week 2 loss at Oregon, then falling at home a week later to Northern Illinois. Just like that, Shawn Eichorst was fired as athletic director. His Sept. 21 ouster inserted Nebraska president Hank Bounds and chancellor Ronnie Green into a position of direct oversight above the football program, which last won a conference title in 1999. Moos was hired on Oct. 15, a surprise choice from Washington State. His savvy soon showed. Bounds, the university president, said he and Green never told Moos that he must terminate then-coach Mike Riley. And Frost, despite his esteemed status at Nebraska and growing profile nationally, did not come up in Moos' initial conversations. "We trusted Bill to do the right thing," Bounds said. "Bill has a lot of experience, a lot of good experience. I just think he handled this masterfully." As UCF continued to win, Nebraska sank. Blown out in consecutive weeks by Wisconsin and Ohio State ahead of Moos' hire, the Huskers lost in overtime on Nov. 4 to resurgent Northwestern. It was their fifth loss and ultimately a backbreaker. Nebraska was not competitive in consecutive defeats to Minnesota, Penn State and Iowa, sliding to 4-8, its fewest wins in a season since 1961. Communication increased between Moos and his bosses as Riley was unable to correct the tailspin. Bounds said he and Moos talked "almost every day" in November. And they quickly began to focus attention on the 42-year-old Frost, whom Donald Stephenson Authentic Jersey Moos had admired during Frost's time as offensive coordinator at Oregon from 2013 to 2015. Meanwhile, Davison stayed in the ear of his old friend. "It was a one-way conversation almost every day, and it was a two-way conversation when Scott had time," Davison said. DAVISON AND FROST forged a friendship in 1997. Davison was a true freshman out of Tecumseh, Nebraska, and Frost a fifth-year senior who had transferred home from Stanford two years earlier. In November of that season, one of the most iconic plays in school history forever linked the duo. Frost's pass from the 12-yard line as time expired at Missouri hit the right foot of Shevin Wiggins and bounced to a diving Davison in the end zone. The reception forced overtime and preserved Osborne's perfect final season. Posters were made of the play. Frost and Davison signed thousands of them. Frost played six years in the NFL. Davison enjoyed a prolific receiving career at Nebraska and played basketball at the school. As Frost got into coaching at Kansas State, Northern Iowa and Oregon in 2009, Davison entered broadcasting, among other endeavors. He remains the analyst for Nebraska football and basketball on the radio. hey stayed close and stood in each other's weddings -- Davison for Frost just last year.