Trev Alberts, Ted Carter say Matt Rhule is worth the $74 million price tag
LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – The University of Nebraska was eyeing Matt Rhule from the beginning of its 2½-month coaching search, but there were points when the two parties didn’t think they could work out a contract.
But on Monday, UNL Athletic Director Trev Alberts and NU President Ted Carter spoke at the introduction of the new coach.
They both said it was a long process to get him after firing Scott Frost early in the season.
Carter said Rhule was high on their list of prospective coaches from the start.
As the former head coach of the Carolina Panthers and Baylor University, Rhule has an impressive resume.
Administrators said there was a lot of negotiation over the eventual $74 million, 8-year contract.
Carter said that while they were hesitant, they knew Rhule’s experience would come with an expensive price tag.
“If you want the best, you’re going to have to be willing to put up that kind of money,” Carter said. “We’re very fortunate that we have a sports program here that can handle that without having to turn that over to the fans, and without having to turn that over to the taxpayers.”
Alberts said they finally sealed the deal with Rhule on Thanksgiving morning.
The hiring process was kept very private throughout the season.
“It was really important to me that it be done very quietly and confidentially out of respect for Coach Joseph and the team,” Alberts said. “I didn’t want the search to be constantly put in our coaches’ face or our players’. I didn’t think that was fair to them.”
Carter said the administration have been impressed with Rhule’s character and hope it can carry over into his career with the Huskers.
“The man is authentic; he’s sincere,” Carter said. “He’s going to bring a culture of toughness to this program. We are going to win the line of scrimmage, which will lead to winning football games.”
Carter said they wanted both players and the fans to know the university would put in the effort for the future of the program.
“The University of Nebraska was committed — committed to changing the way our outcomes were happening,” Carter said. “And picking Coach Rhule as our top choice is a commitment to that.”