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Contract Details Released For Nebraska Assistants Joseph, Raiola

December 21, 2021

The contracts for two new Nebraska football assistants were released on Tuesday.

According to a copy of the documents, the Huskers’ receivers coach, passing game coordinator and associate head coach, Mickey Joseph, will be paid $600,000 annually in a two-year contract that runs through Dec. 31, 2023. The payments will be made in 12 equal monthly installments. Offensive line coach Donovan Raiola will be paid $325,000 annually in a two-year contract that also runs through Dec. 31, 2023. Raiola’s payments will be made in 12 equal monthly installments as well.

Joseph was hired to Nebraska after spending the past five seasons with the LSU Tigers, where he was regarded as an ace recruiter and one of the top receivers coaches in college football.

“Mickey Joseph brings a wealth of experience and expertise to our coaching staff,” head coach Scott Frost said in a statement released by Nebraska. “He is an excellent teacher and mentor for young players and is a proven recruiter. We are excited to bring Mickey back to his alma mater and have him play a key role in the success of our offense.”

Joseph impressed at LSU with the wide receiver room he cultivated. He produced a number of NFL Draft picks during his time with the Tigers, including Ja’Marr Chase, Justin Jefferson, Terrace Marshall and D.J. Chark. Kayshon Boutte, a sophomore wide receiver for the Tigers, is expected to be a top prospect for the 2023 NFL Draft.

Joseph—who is originally from Marrero, Louisiana—received a contract extension from LSU in May of 2021. His updated deal with LSU guaranteed him $500,000 for the first year of the contract—up from $400,000—and $550,00 for the second year. He’ll be getting a pay raise in Lincoln.

Joseph, who played quarterback at Nebraska in the late 80s and early 90s, returns to Lincoln after being away for nearly two decades and has hit the ground running. He was instrumental in developing a relationship with and winning the recruiting battle for Decoldest Crawford, a three-star receiver from Louisiana who decommitted from LSU and signed with the Huskers on Dec. 15.

“I am honored to return to Nebraska to join Coach Frost’s staff,” Joseph said. “I can’t wait to get to Lincoln to work with our players and represent Nebraska Football. Once you are a Husker your love for the program never leaves you and my family and I could not be more excited.”

Raiola, the brother of Husker great Dominic Raiola, spent almost four seasons with the Chicago Bears as an assistant offensive line coach. A native of Honolulu, Hawaii, he got his coaching career started as an intern at Hawaii in 2014 before taking a graduate assistant role at Notre Dame from 2015-16. After a brief one-season stint as Aurora (Illinois) University’s o-line coach in 2017, he became the assistant o-line coach with the Bears.

“Donovan is an outstanding offensive line coach who has a history of winning as both a player and coach,” Frost said in a statement.

Raiola was an offensive lineman at Wisconsin from 2002-05 and started 39 of 43 career games. He was tabbed as All-Big Ten honorable mention three times and was a captain for the Badgers his senior year.

Raiola has a tough job ahead of him trying to rebuild and develop the Husker offensive line, which loses starting center and leader Cam Jurgens, who recently declared for the NFL Draft, as well as guard Matt Sichterman.

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