Matt Rhule to lead Nebraska Football Program

ICYMI: Nebraska had named its next head coach, and Matt Rhule is getting the job. 10/11 NOW's Kevin Sjuts reacts to the announcement.
Published: Nov. 26, 2022 at 9:11 AM CST|Updated: Nov. 26, 2022 at 10:53 PM CST
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LINCOLN, Neb. (KOLN) - Now that the 2022 football season has ended, Nebraska had named its next head coach, and Matt Rhule is getting the job.

“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, who most recently spent 2+ seasons as the head coach of the Carolina Panthers before being fired in early October, was announced by the athletic department today.

Before making the jump to the NFL, Rhule coached three seasons at Baylor, where he led the Bears to an 11-3 record and Sugar Bowl appearance in 2019.

Before that, he spent four years as the head coach at Temple University, appearing in two bowl games and cracking the AP Top 25 on multiple occasions.

The hire makes him the sixth head coach at Nebraska since Tom Osborne retired following the 1997 season.

Since Osborne’s retirement, the Huskers are 187-118 and have not appeared in a bowl game since 2016.

Rhule will take over after Athletic Director Trev Alberts fired Scott Frost in September following a 1-2 start to the 2022 season. Frost went 16-31 during his time 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.”

The Huskers signed Rhule to an eight-year contract, with details to be made available Monday, when Alberts will introduce Rhule as the team’s head coach at a press conference in Lincoln.