Larry the Cable Guy, a Nebraska booster and UCF fan, torn about Scott Frost leaving Orlando

World-renowned comedian Larry the Cable Guy, a lifelong Nebraska football fan and a major booster of the university, was actually a bit torn when Scott Frost left UCF to come home and coach the Cornhuskers.

You see, Larry became a UCF fan when he lived in Sanford for several years in his early days as a stand-up comedian back in the 1990s. He’s back in Central Florida this week as one of the biggest names in the star-studded Diamond Resorts Invitational charity golf tournament benefiting Florida Hospital for Children.

The Diamond Resorts is one of the premier celebrity golf tournaments in the world and features four LPGA players, 28 PGA Champions and 52 entertainment and sports celebrities. Get tickets and all the details at diamondresortsinvitational. Beginning today and running through Sunday, the tournament field will include Hall of Famers, All-Stars and All-Pros, including Roger Clemens, Marcus Allen, Ray Allen, Denny Hamlin, Brian Urlacher, Greg Maddux, John Smoltz and, of course, Larry the Cable Guy.

I talked to Larry a couple of years ago when Frost first took the UCF coaching job and he said many of his fellow Nebraska fans were jealous Frost was coaching at UCF instead of Nebraska. When I talked to Larry again this week, he laughed and said, “We just loaned Scott to UCF so he could turn the program around.”

In another life, Larry the Cable Guy’s real name was Dan Whitney and he was briefly a member of the UCF radio broadcast team back in 1997. He’s been rooting for UCF ever since, which is why he was conflicted when Frost left Orlando to return to his alma mater.

“I was kinda torn about the whole thing,” Larry said on “I’ve been a UCF fan for a long time. Every time UCF is on TV, I always watch them and I always root for them. I was torn (when Frost left) because I want UCF to remain a power.

“But Nebraska slipping into mediocrity is KILLING me. My kids (ages 8 and 9) have not been alive when Nebraska has had a really good football team. That’s killing me because when I was young we didn’t lose three games in a season for the first 43 years of my existence.”

Larry went on to say that the downfall of the Nebraska program came because, after the legendary Tom Osborne stepped down, university leaders purged the program of everything and everybody Osborne believed in.

“In my opinion, the university chancellor who took over wanted nothing to do with the old regime,” Larry said. “There was jealousy involved. They got away from the Nebraska culture and they didn’t care about our Nebraska traditions. They hired coaches and staff that weren’t from Nebraska and were just passing through trying to get better jobs.

“It’s been17 or 18 years of trying to get back to what we once were, and that’s why we’re excited about Scott (Frost). He knows our program, he knows our culture. He played under Coach Osborne and he knows what it takes to win at Nebraska.”

To listen to our entire interview with Larry the Cable Guy,

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