Matt Rhule Named Nebraska Head Coach
The Nebraska Cornhuskers have named Matt Rhule their next head coach, per Ian Rapoport. This will be Rhule’s first trip back to college football after a brief stint in the NFL.
Rhule did not find the same level of success in the NFL as he was able to in college. The Carolina Panthers fired Rhule five games into the 2022 NFL season. In total, he went 11-27 during his three seasons in Carolina.
In college, Rhule found success with Baylor and Temple. At both schools, he was able to rebuild their football program and lead them to a ten-win season. This work established Rhule as an elite college football coach.
It was evident that Rhule would have plenty of opportunities at the college level. At the end of the day, Nebraska landed Rhule.
“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.” Quote via Nebraska Athletic Communications.
Rhule is replacing Scott Frost, who did not find success in Lincoln. Frost was fired after week three of the 2022 college football season after the Cornhuskers started 1-2. During his five years in Nebraska, he tallied a 16-31 record. Needless to say, Frost did not leave the program in good condition.
Rhule will have his work cut out for him at Nebraska. He will need to improve the roster and establish a culture. However, there are schools in far worse situations than Nebraska. At a minimum, Nebraska is a school with solid facilities, a history, and a lot of resources. It will be interesting to see if Rhule can work his magic again and get Nebraska back to their winning ways.