‘It will be done’: Matt Rhule vows to bring excellence back to Nebraska
LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) — Matt Rhule promised to restore Husker football to greatness in his introduction as head coach.
“We can absolutely do it,” Rhule said on Monday. “We can absolutely get the University of Nebraska and University of Nebraska football exactly where it’s supposed to be. It will be hard, it may take time, but it will be done.”
Rebuilding the program likely will take time. The Huskers have suffered six straight losing seasons and haven’t been to a conference title game in 10 years.
But Rhule has the time to do it. He has signed an eight-year, $74 million contract.
Rhule, who is known for bringing Temple and Baylor to new heights, envisions the Huskers as a tough, hardworking, old-school team under his leadership.
“You can’t win every game every year — just doesn’t happen — but you can certainly be a team that people are proud to watch” he said.
He said he wants a physical team that can control the line of scrimmage.
How can Nebraska get there? Rhule said it will depend on the tools and players available to him, but he pointed to recruiting and strength training as the building blocks.
Rhule said Mickey Joseph showed “tremendous leadership” as interim head coach after Scott Frost’s firing.
He plans to talk to Joseph and the rest of the current staff, then decide who should stay, though he acknowledged that “there’s some guys I’d like to bring with me.”
On Saturday, Rhule reached out to legendary Nebraska coach Tom Osborne.
He said Osborne expressed confidence in the coaching search.
“He said he’d be here for me I ever needed it, and I’ll certainly take him up on that,” Rhule said.
Rhule said he feels a responsibility as the coach to make sure that Nebraska’s passionate fan base is rewarded with success.
During the interview process, he “snuck into Lincoln,” drove around and was convinced that Nebraska was the place for him.
“These are people that love their university, that love their state and love their football team,” he said.