Former NFL Coach On His Way to Lincoln

The search continues for Nebraska Athletic Director Steve Pederson. Another candidate has officially turned the job down. But word has come that a candidate from the NFL is on his way to Lincoln. It's a story Channel Eight Eyewitness News broke at 5 on Tuesday.

The next guy to interview for the job could be former Oakland Raiders Head Coach Bill Callahan. ESPN's John Clayton reported Tuesday that Callahan flew into Lincoln Tuesday night. Callahan coached the Raiders to the Super Bowl last year, but was fired at the end of this season. The Raiders were 4-and-12.

In a statement released Tuesday, Athletic Director Steve Pederson says he and Chancellor Harvey Perlman did interview Mike Zimmer on Monday. Zimmer then called Pederson Tuesday morning, saying he had decided to stay with the Dallas Cowboys.

He is now the third known candidate to turn down the Husker job, joining Kansas City Chiefs Offensive Coordinator Al Saunders and Arkansas Head Coach Houston Nutt. Pederson says the process continues to advance with scheduled interviews with Turner Gill and Bo Pelini.