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39 minutes ago, HANC said:

This may be the main reason Rhule should highly consider keeping MJ. The local ties


I've convinced myself that Rhule will be interested in MJ because that's what he did when he went to Baylor - found the guy with the recruiting ties and brought him on board.


Of course, it takes both sides to make something work.

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5 hours ago, knapplc said:

Here's the official announcement from UNL:


Matt Rhule to Lead Nebraska Football Program


A proven program builder in college football, Matt Rhule has been hired as Nebraska's Head Football Coach. Nebraska Vice Chancellor/Director of Athletics Trev Alberts will introduce Rhule as the 31st permanent head coach in Nebraska history on Monday in Lincoln.


The 47-year-old Rhule has built an impressive coaching resume over the past 25 seasons with experience at both the collegiate and professional levels. Rhule has served as a head coach for the past 10 years, including seven seasons in the collegiate ranks and the past three seasons in the NFL with the Carolina Panthers.


Alberts said Rhule's success as the head coach at Temple and Baylor provides evidence of Rhule's ability to build a program and made him an ideal fit at Nebraska.


"It is a privilege to welcome Coach Matt Rhule, his wife Julie, and their family to Nebraska," 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."


Rhule said it is an honor to lead the Nebraska program and join the Lincoln community. He is excited to return to the college game and the opportunity to coach in the Big Ten Conference. 


"It is a tremendous honor to be chosen to lead the Nebraska Football program," Rhule said. "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."


Rhule turned around programs at both Temple and Baylor during his seven seasons as a college head coach. In four seasons at Temple, Rhule guided the Owls to 28 victories, including 26 over his final three seasons from 2014 to 2016. After posting two wins in his first season, Temple posted a 6-6 record in 2014, setting the stage for the best back-to-back seasons in school history.


Temple posted a 10-4 record in 2015, were ranked as high as No. 22 in the Associated Press Poll and reached the American Athletic Conference's inaugural championship game. In 2016, Rhule led the Owls to a 10-3 record and an AAC championship. The conference title was the first in 49 seasons for the Temple program, and Temple reached bowl games in consecutive seasons for the first time in school history.



His success at Temple led Rhule to be named Baylor's head coach beginning with the 2017 season.  After one win in his first season, the Bears posted a 7-6 record a made a trip to the Texas Bowl in Rhule's second year.


In his final season in Waco in 2019, Rhule guided Baylor to an 11-3 record, an appearance in the Big 12 Championship Game and a Sugar Bowl berth. Rhule was named the 2019 Big 12 Coach of the Year and he became the first Power Five Coach to take a team from 11 losses to 11 wins within two seasons.


Rhule's collegiate success provided him the opportunity to take over as the Carolina Panthers head coach in 2020. Rhule guided the Panthers to five wins in each of his first two seasons and coached Carolina for five games in 2022.


Prior to his head coaching positions, Rhule had an impressive 15-year run as an assistant coach with stops at Albright College, Buffalo, UCLA, Western Carolina and Temple in college and the New York Giants in the NFL.


A native of New York City, Rhule played linebacker at Penn State from 1994 to 1997, where he earned his undergraduate degree. He also holds a master's degree from Buffalo. Rhule and his wife Julie have three children, Bryant, Vivienne and Leona.


Nebraska has signed Rhule to an eight-year contract. Additional contract details will be made available at Monday's press conference.

“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.” 
I’m sold!  These are all things we need and if he was wise he would keep Mickey Joseph as his Assistant Coach. 

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1 hour ago, knapplc said:


That's a really good match. Deion can cut his teeth in the P5 in one of the easiest conferences, and if he fails he won't take a lot of flak for it because when the Buffs are bad their "fans" disappear. 

That’s bad. I figured they’d probably be giving away tickets next year in Boulder. Now they’ll harder to get.  I thought maybe there would finally be something good about living in this state. 

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4 hours ago, Nebhawk said:

Is this the hire that most people wanted?  I don't think it’s the flashy hire we all wanted, but it’s the guy who wants the job right now.  This shows that we are not the sexy of a job, and this guy has rebuilt teams from nothing into something.  I am good with this hire.  This is the guy who restarted Baylor, not Aranda.  Rhule has success, and runs the ball, power scheme wise.  He also gets big QB's who can run some, not featherweights like Casey.  I don't know if we have a QB on this roster who can run his offense the way he wants it.    We may never really know how many coaches turned us down, but I have to think Rhule was not our first choice.  If he was our first choice, great, we got the guy Trev wanted.

Rhule didn’t have to take this job. He got a huge but out from Carolina. That he WANTED to take the job is exciting because here is a guy who WANTS to rebuild our program! I’m excited about this hire and look forward to what he can accomplish here. GBR!

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