Mickey Joseph’s history with the Huskers and the law
LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – Mickey Joseph has only been on Nebraska’s coaching staff for a year, but his history with the Huskers dates back to the 1980s, when he was a starting quarterback.
In his junior year in 1990, he led the team to a 9-3 season under coach Tom Osborne.
Joseph was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of strangulation and third-degree domestic assault.
He has now been placed on administrative leave, according to Athletic Director Trev Alberts.
Joseph also had some run-ins with the law during his playing career at Nebraska.
The first was in 1989, when he was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence and was suspended for one game, according to the Associated Press.
A year later, he was arrested again after a domestic dispute. He was accused of breaking a window while trying to get into his girlfriend’s apartment, according to police reports.
In both cases, no charges were filed.
Joseph began his coaching career in 1995 as a quarterback and wide receivers coach at Omaha North High School before becoming a running game coordinator at Wayne State College.
He coached at a number of schools over the next 25 years, including at LSU, where he was wide receivers coach for five years.
Joseph returned to NU in December 2021 as wide receivers coach and associate head coach.
He was named interim head coach after the firing of Scott Frost on Sept. 11 this year. At the time, Nebraska Athletic Director Trev Alberts said Joseph would be an “obvious” candidate for the permanent job.
“I picked Nebraska, to come to Nebraska, two times in my life, 1987 and 2021,” Joseph said.” I could’ve went anywhere in the country when I came out of high school, I could’ve went anywhere in the country when I left LSU. It’s a good feeling, I love Nebraska, I love the people, I love everything Nebraska stands about.”
Nebraska had a 3-6 record under Joseph, with wins over Rutgers, Indiana and Iowa.
“One thing I can say is that they fought,” he said of the team. “They fought every Saturday that they came out; nobody can deny that. We’re talking about a high-character group. I love them for that, I love these coaches for that, and I wouldn’t trade it for the world.”
At the Nebraska versus Iowa game on Nov. 25, Joseph’s last public appearance before his arrest, he said he loved Nebraska and its fans.
“I forgot these fans are unbelievable, and I appreciate their support for me and for the team, and they came out tonight in numbers,” he said. “You know, we have the best fan base in America, and I think everybody knows that.”
Joseph said he respects the fans, the team and the coaches at Nebraska.
“I think what I learned on this job is that I had to be a good person, in front of being a good coach,” he said. “Because that’s the only way these kids and these coaches were gonna believe in me, is if I was a good person.”