Nebraska has its eyes set on a new coach, and it is one with a reputation for rebuilding.
Chris Low of ESPN reported on Friday that the Cornhuskers are in negotiations with Matt Rhule for the head coach position. ESPN college football writer Pete Thamel mentioned that there are logistics to work through. Most notably, the money that Rhule is still owed from the Carolina Panthers.
Nebraska has zeroed in on former Carolina Panthers coach Matt Rhule as @HuskerFBNation’s next head coach, and the two sides hope to finalize a deal in the coming days, sources tell ESPN.
— Chris Low (@ClowESPN) November 25, 2022
Sources: Matt Rhule and Nebraska are negotiating a deal to make him the school’s next head coach. There are some details to be finalized, including with the Panthers, who owe him nearly $34 million.
— Pete Thamel (@PeteThamel) November 25, 2022
Matt Rhule has earned the reputation of being a coach that can rebuild a program during his time in college football. He started his head coaching career at Temple from 2013-16, where he went from a 2-10 record in his first season to two consecutive 10-win seasons. He was then hired at Baylor, a program attempting to recover from a sweeping sexual assault scandal. After a 1-11 first year, he compiled 7-win and 11-win seasons back-to-back.
He was hired by the NFL’s Carolina Panthers in 2020, however, his time in the pros did not go as well. After signing a seven-year, $60 million contract, he was fired into his third season. Overall, he went 11-27, only winning five games in each of his two full seasons.
Rhule has been mentioned to fill the head coaching vacancy at Auburn as well.
Nebraska has had a tough stretch ever since the firing of Bo Pelini in 2014. First, Mike Riley showed promise with a 9-4 record in his second year. However, he followed it up with a 4-8 season. Next, Scott Frost came in from UCF with a lot of fanfare in 2018. Unfortunately for Nebraska, his best season at the helm was 5-7, never leading a winning season with the program. He was fired three games into the 2022 season. They are currently 3-8 pending the end of their season-ending contest at Iowa on Friday.