Wiedmer: Could college football’s firing squad next target Auburn’s Harsin?

Nebraska head coach Scott Frost walks around with players during warmups before playing against Georgia Southern in an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 10, 2022, in Lincoln, Neb. (AP Photo/Rebecca S. Gratz)

A fool and his money soon part ways.

Is there any better way to frame Nebraska paying former Cornhusker quarterback Scott Frost $15 million to no longer coach its football team when it could have waited until October 1 and the buyout would have dipped to $7.5 million?

Either figure is pretty obscene given Frost's 16-31 overall record in four-plus seasons on the job. But handing him $7.5 million more than it would have been required to if it had only waited three more weeks is fiscally irresponsible bordering on criminal.

And don't tell me it all came from angry boosters, so it's not public money that could have been used for something far more important, such as improving educational opportunities for the vast majority of the roughly 26,000 students -- undergrad, grad and part-time -- on the Lincoln campus.