Matt Rhule accepts deal to become Nebraska football coach : Matt Rhule, the former coach of the Carolina Panthers, has agreed to become the new football coach of the Nebraska Cornhuskers.
On Saturday morning, Nebraska officially named Rhule as its new head coach.
According to a source with firsthand knowledge of the situation, following several days of negotiations, Nebraska offered Rhule an offer on Thursday that convinced the former coach of Baylor and Temple to return to college after more than two years in the NFL.
Since being let go by the Panthers five games into his third season, Rhule has been jobless for less than two months.
He left Carolina after going 11–27 and has around $40 million left on his seven-year, guaranteed $62 million deal that he signed in 2020. When Rhule signed the deal in 2020, Forbes reported that he was the sixth-highest paid NFL coach.
Nebraska is relying on the 47-year-old Rhule to duplicate his success at his past two college destinations as one of eight Football Bowl Subdivision institutions with at least 900 victories but more than 20 years distant from its 1990s peak. In three years, Rhule transformed two ailing schools into conference contenders.
On Friday, the Cornhuskers defeated Iowa 24-17 and finished 4-8, their sixth consecutive losing year. On September 11, after the Huskers’ 1-2 start with defeats to Northwestern in Ireland and to Georgia Southern at home, athletic director Trev Alberts fired Scott Frost. Under interim coach Mickey Joseph, they had a 3-6 record.
Under Frost, Nebraska went 16-31 in four or more seasons, never placing higher than seventh in the Big Ten West, and never making it to a postseason game.
Since Tom Osborne, a member of the College Football Hall of Fame, retired after the 1997 season, Rhule would be the sixth Nebraska coach.