Callahan Named Husker Coach

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Bill Callahan is getting a fresh start to his coaching career in a hurry.

The beleaguered coach fired by the Oakland Raiders on December 30 was named the new coach at Nebraska Friday, replacing the fired Frank Solich.

Callahan brings an offensive-minded approach to the Huskers and worked under Tampa Bay coach Jon Gruden in Oakland. The Raiders promoted Callahan to head coach when Gruden left to take the Buccaneers' job after the 2001 season.

Callahan, 47, was a seven year NFL assistant who had no previous head coaching experience. He was fired after a 4-12 season that was the Raiders' worst record since 1997 and the biggest fall by a team that had reached the Super Bowl the previous year.

The Raiders tied with San Diego, Arizona and the New York Giants for the worst record in the NFL.

Callahan faced unique circumstances in his second season. There was a rash of injuries, infighting and the involvement of several players in a grad jury investigation of a supplements lab.