Nebraska football hires Matt Rhule as head coach

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – Former Carolina Panthers head coach Matt Rhule will now lead the Nebraska football program.

The University of Nebraska announced Saturday that Rhule would now take over as the Huskers’ next head coach.

Nebraska has signed Rhule to an eight-year contract.

“It is a privilege to welcome Coach Matt Rhule, his wife Julie, and their family to Nebraska,” Nebraska Athletic Director Trev Alberts said in a press release. “Coach Rhule has created a winning culture throughout his coaching career, and he will provide great leadership for the young men in our football program. Matt is detail-oriented, his teams are disciplined and play a physical brand of football. Matt also has the personality and relationship-building skills to build a great staff and excel in recruiting.”

Rhule will be the sixth head coach since Tom Osborne retired in 1997.

“It is a tremendous honor to be chosen to lead the Nebraska Football program,” Rhule said in the release. “When you think of great, tradition-rich programs in college football Nebraska is right at the top of the list.  The fan base is second to none, and I consider it a privilege to have the opportunity to coach in Memorial Stadium on Tom Osborne Field. My family and I are so grateful to become a part of the Husker Family, and we can’t wait to get started.”

Former head coach Scott Frost was fired after a loss to Georgia Southern early on in the season.

Wide receivers coach Mickey Joseph took his place, leading the team to wins over Iowa, Rutgers and Indiana.

Rhule has experience in the NFL and in college football.

He coached at Baylor from 2017 to 2019, leading the team to a Texas Bowl win in 2018.

Rhule was then named head coach at Carolina in 2020, where he failed to make a lasting impact after being fired following a 1-4 start in 2022.

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