Nebraska Football Hires Matt Rhule As New Head Coach

Lincoln, NE - May 22, 2022: Nebraska Cornhuskers university logo on campus building


The Nebraska football program has found its new head coach.

After initial reports indicated the Cornhuskers had locked in on a target, it was officially announced on Saturday morning that the program has hired former Big 12 Coach of the Year Matt Rhule as its new head coach.

Rhule, who was previously the head coach at Temple and Baylor, most recently served as head coach of the Carolina Panthers before being fired on October 10, 2022, after a 1-4 start to the season.

“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,” Rhule said in a statement.

During his brief stint in the NFL, Rhule had a disappointing 11-27 mark. However, during his time in the NCAA, Rhule holds a 47-43 record as head coach.

“It is a privilege to welcome Coach Matt Rhule, his wife Julie, and their family to Nebraska,” Nebraska Vice Chancellor/Director of Athletics Trev Alberts said. “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.”

The 47-year-old Rhule will officially be introduced as the 31st permanent head coach in Nebraska history on Monday in Lincoln.

Rhule will be taking over a Cornhuskers squad that went 4-8 this season.

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