LINCOLN, NE – SEPTEMBER 15: Head coach Scott Frost of the Nebraska Cornhuskers watches the team warm up before the game against the Troy Trojans at Memorial Stadium on September 15, 2018 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)Nebraska is off to an 0-2 start under new head coach Scott Frost, and some of the hype for his tenure has been deflated. Kirk Herbstreit thinks that is a bit unfair.Nebraska’s season opener against Akron wound up being rained out. Of course, the Zips recently knocked off Northwestern, so there’s no guarantee that it would’ve been a cake walk.In Week 2, Nebraska fell in the game’s final minutes to former rival Colorado, after dynamic freshman quarterback Adrian Martinez went down with an injury.Last week, without Martinez, the team lost again, this time to Sun Belt power Troy. On paper, its a bad loss, but Troy is a top 10 Group of Five team, with a win at LSU last year. In 2016, the Trojans lost 30-24 at eventual national champion Clemson. Neal Brown’s team can really play.Given the context of the 0-2 start, Kirk Herbstreit says that Nebraska football fans need to back away from the ledge over Scott Frost’s rough start.He was asked about the struggling first year head coaches, like Frost, Willie Taggart, and Chip Kelly on his “Herbstreit and Fitzsimmons” ESPN podcast yesterday.Herbstreit took to Frost’s defense in response. Via 247Sports:“I’m going to cherry pick Nebraska out of the rest of the teams you mentioned because they’ve actually played and competed and just ended up losing games at the end. I know the Troy game was a game they should have won. But if you watched them play, you didn’t walk away shaking your head thinking, ‘what in the world are they doing.’ I didn’t feel that way. They had a backup quarterback because the freshman (Adrian) Martinez is out. Now they’ve got Michigan. I feel like that’s a ship that’s heading in a very positive direction. They might not be getting the results, but it just feels different than what we’ve seen there in recent years.”The start has to be frustrating for Nebraska fans, who saw UCF go undefeated just a year ago. Still, Herbstreit makes some very salient points.Nebraska hasn’t looked terrible on the field at all. With an easier slate, and some weather and injury luck, the Huskers could have certainly started 3-0, without any real difference in level of play. No one should be jumping off the bandwagon quite yet.[ESPN]
The Armed Forces has made other moves to address a deepening recruitment crisis, including allowing foreign nationals to join the Armed Forces without having ever lived in Britain – in the first quarter of 2018 only seven per cent of the required number of soldiers had been recruited. The group of British troops based in Germany have been given formal warnings after posting racist remarks about Kerry-Ann Morris, pictured A defence source told the newspaper that the soldiers who wrote and ‘liked’ the comments were interviewed by senior officers. They said: “Cpl Morris a high achiever and it appears some of her colleagues are looking for excuses as to why they’re not doing as well as her. They know they will be in very serious trouble if they ever repeat such offensive accusations which breached the Army’s values and standards policy. The soldier has also featured on the cover of Locker magazine Cpl Morris, from Nottingham, recently appeared in the ‘Your Army Needs You’ millennial recruitment campaign Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. “It was to Cpl Morris’s credit that she requested the soldiers should be dealt with lightly on this occasion. As the victim, she could have pressed for more severe sanctions to be imposed but she was adamant that should not happen.” An Army investigation concluded that the messages were racially abusive. The group faced being kicked out of the Army, but Cpl Morris reportedly intervened to persuade senior officers against severe punishment. Cpl Morris joined the Army in 2011 and has been promoted twice – she recently transferred from the Royal Artillery to the Adjutant General’s Corps. She has represented the Army and Combined Services at athletics and has appeared on the cover of the Army lifestyle magazine The Locker. The latest recruitment drive that Cpl Morris features in was designed to focus on “how the Army sees beyond stereotypes to spot young people’s potential”, the Ministry of Defence (MOD) said. An army poster girl was abused by fellow soldiers on social media, it has emerged after the Ministry of Defence confirmed six soldiers had been disciplined for it. The group of British troops based in Germany have been given formal warnings after posting racist remarks about Kerry-Ann Morris, the face of British Army Equality and Diversity campaigns. The six soldiers from 159 (Colenso) Battery accused Cpl Morris of using her skin color to secure promotions and ‘playing the race card’ at work to sabotage her colleagues’ careers. Comments were also made about Cpl Morris accusing others of being prejudiced against her because she is black, the Mail on Sunday reported.Cpl Morris, from Nottingham, recently appeared in the ‘Your Army Needs You’ millennial recruitment campaign, which launched last month, and when the picture was circulated on Facebook, the group of soldiers based on Gutersloh posted a series of racist comments. The comments reportedly received multiple ‘likes’ and the post was shared among other soldiers. Cpl Morris, of Jamaican descent, is said to have brought it to the attention of the Army’s Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) Network – a group set up in 2017 for ethnic minority soldiers, of which Cpl Morris is a leading promoter. The campaign launched last month has reportedly led to a rise in the number of applications to join the Armed Forces. The MOD has also set a target of 10 per cent being from BAME backgrounds by 2020, with just 2.4 per cent of personnel currently being from BAME communities.For ranks below officer, 8.7 per cent of all armed forces personnel were from ethnic minorities, but the MOD says the Army had the highest percentage of people from ethnic minorities working both as officers and in other ranks, compared with the other armed forces.