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The Brothers Frost
Courtesy: Mark Soltau  
Release: 11/04/2013
STANFORD, Calif. – When a sellout crowd and national television audience watch Thursday night’s Pac-12 showdown between second-ranked Oregon and sixth-ranked Stanford in what many are calling the biggest college game in Stanford Stadium history, brothers Steve and Scott Frost will be in the press box doing their jobs.

As he has done for the last 15 years, Steve will serve as the Cardinal public address announcer, while Scott is a first-year offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for the Ducks.

“Literally, we will be 10 feet apart,” Steve said.

Both will be able to hear the other talk, but won’t have time to listen. Steve will have his hands full keeping fans informed of Oregon’s hurry-up offense, and Scott will be calling the plays.

“The speed at which Oregon operates makes it hard for announcers to do their jobs,” said Steve. “They run a play every 14 seconds.”

Steve, 41, is two and a half years older than Scott. They played high school football, basketball and track together for two years in Wood River, Neb., then spent two seasons playing football at Stanford (1993-94).

Steve was a long snapper and Scott played quarterback for head coach Bill Walsh. Scott never felt comfortable on The Farm and transferred to Nebraska after two seasons, where he helped the Cornhuskers win the 1997 national championship.

The Frost brothers have always been close and roomed together at Stanford’s Delta Tau Delta fraternity house. Although Steve lives in San Diego with his wife and three children, where he is vice-president for business development at Ashford University, they stay in close contact by phone.

“We talk a lot, but not about this game,” Steve said. “We find a way to talk about other things. There’s no tension. The stakes in this game are too high.

“For him, this is all business. We don’t talk much before any game because he’s so locked in. For me, this is my hobby.”

One of their teammates at Stanford was David Shaw, now the Bradford M. Freeman Director of Football. Shaw was on the receiving end of Scott’s first collegiate touchdown pass against Oregon in 1994.

Steve’s favorite football memory at Stanford was in 1994 game in the rain against Oregon. The Ducks romped, 55-21, but Scott scored on a long run and Steve snapped for the extra point.

“I gave him a big hug,” said Steve.

Following college, Scott spent six years in the NFL, playing for the New York Jets, Cleveland Browns, Green Bay Packers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers as a safety and special teams standout. He played for Walsh, Tom Osborne, Bill Belichick, Bill Parcells, Jon Gruden and Monte Kiffen, then retired in 2003 and coached on the collegiate level, joining Chip Kelly at Oregon for four years as a receivers coach before his promotion this year.

“If you look at the people he played for, his pedigree is insane,” Steve said. “He played every snap of every special team. Everything but kicker and long snapper.”

Steve has no doubt Scott will become a successful head coach one day.

“If and when the opportunity arises, he will be very good at it,” said Steve.

Steve loved his Stanford experience and graduated in 1996 with degrees in communications and organizational studies. His dream job was becoming a sportscaster, but he wound up working for Netscape and Google. He also found time to moonlight as a public address announcer for Stanford women’s basketball games for a year, then did the same for men’s hoops for nine seasons.

“It’s fun and I love doing it,” said Steve. “It’s my way to stay connected.”

Steve admits it will be “funny” working next to his younger brother on Thursday night. The last time they were in Stanford Stadium together was in 2011, when Scott was coaching on the field.

“I’m looking forward to seeing him and catching up,” Steve said.


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