Mickey Joseph reflects: ‘I wouldn’t trade these memories for anything’

Huskers travel to Iowa to finish out turbulent season

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – The search for a new Nebraska football coach continues amid a tumultuous season, which will end on Friday.

Presumably, the Huskers will have a new head coach sometime in the coming days.

Who could that be? Former Carolina Panthers head coach Matt Rhule? Or maybe even Deion Sanders, who currently leads Jackson State in Mississippi?

Nobody, besides maybe Athletic Director Trev Alberts, knows for certain what’s to come after the Huskers’ game against Iowa.

But one thing is for certain: Interim head coach Mickey Joseph is going to spend time with his family this weekend.

And wait for a phone call.

“I’m gonna be on my couch until I get a phone call,” Joseph said during a Tuesday press conference.

Joseph detailed his weekend plans, which include coaching the Huskers up until Friday.

On Saturday, Joseph said he will spend time with his family, and then on Sunday, he will come to the stadium and “get some things done.”

“But until I hear anything, you know, everybody’s gonna kind of just take some time away,” he said.

Joseph had to deal with a lot during his time as Nebraska’s head coach.

The man, who was originally hired as a wide receivers coach, took over a struggling team that had suffered losses to Northwestern and Georgia Southern.

And one week after the firing of Scott Frost, defensive coordinator Erik Chinander was let go following the loss to Oklahoma.

But after that blowout loss, Nebraska showed some life in wins against Indiana and Rutgers.

The Huskers were then left heartbroken after a close loss to Purdue.

Then there was the Illinois game, in which starting quarterback Casey Thompson was sidelined with an injury.

Nebraska had to rely on backups Logan Smothers and Chubba Purdy, both of whom struggled to get the offense going in games against Minnesota and Michigan.

That left Nebraska with a measly record of 3-7 before the Huskers blew a lead to Wisconsin in their final home game of the season.

But despite all of the heartache, Joseph sees a bright side to the season.

“I wouldn’t trade these memories for anything right now,” he said. “I’m sure the kids feel the same way.”

Joseph said the most enjoyable things this season were the kids, the coaches and the opportunity to lead his alma mater.

He also learned some things this season, one being to stay off of social media.

“Some of these dudes on Twitter, they should worry about they own jobs,” Joseph said jokingly.

He also learned that you have to adapt to the Big Ten and that the team has to look like the opponents it plays every week.

“And you have to surround yourself with the people that understand or see through your eyes,” Joseph said. “And see it from the balcony and not the basement.”

In the end, Joseph believes he’s helped the team improve since taking over on Sept. 11.

“I think they’re better now than when I found them,” he said.

And what will Joseph’s message be to the Huskers after the game?

“Everybody go get away and relax and clear your mind,” Joseph said. “And if you get a phone call, you show up.”

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