Nebraska employs Rhule as coach with 8-year deal
Nebraska has called Matt Rhule as the school’s new football coach, signing him to an eight-year contract.Rhule, who was fired by the NFL’s Carolina Panthers in October, formerly had successful stints in college football at Baylor and Temple. A news conference is scheduled for Monday.Rhule changes Scott Frost, who was fired from his university previously this season after a 1-2 start. Mickey Joseph was promoted to interim head coach.Rhule told ESPN’s “College GameDay”on Saturday that knowing the previous regime made the Nebraska task more appealing.” One of the important things that drew me to it is understanding that Scott had actually been there for the last several years,” Rhule said.”Scott Frost is a coach that I truly regard and consider a friend. And so I understand that program has a good culture, I understand they know how to work. Now it has to do with just everyone getting, moving on.”The Cornhuskers(4-8) completed their 2022 campaign with a 24-17
win versus Iowa on Friday. Rhule, 47, was less than 3 seasons into his seven-year,$62 million handle the Panthers when he was fired after a 1-4 start to this season. In general, he was 11-27 with Carolina, and the group went 1-27 when permitting 17 or more points.He was still owed more than$40 million when he was fired by the Panthers.Despite being solvent, Rhule said he had two factors for
returning into coaching.”Being far from it, the more you miss out on the players, the more you miss out on the locker room and coaching, “Rhule stated.” And then this is Nebraska. This is a team that I grew up not just seeing; this is a team that I matured revering.” Rhule had a reputation for turning programs around. In his third season at Temple, the Owls went 10-2 in the regular season. A year later, he led the program to its first championship game since 1967. At Baylor, just 2 years after going 1-11 in his very first season for the Huge 12 program, Rhule led the Bears to an 11-3 record in 2020. Details from ESPN’s Chris Low and The Associated Press added to this report.