After choosing not to extend the contract of defensive coordinator Mark Banker on Wednesday, Nebraska has found his replacement. Hail Varsity can confirm the initial report that Bob Diaco, former Connecticut head coach and Notre Dame defensive coordinator, will be named the Huskers’ new defensive coordinator.
Diaco, a former linebacker for the University of Iowa, was fired from Connecticut after he went 11-26 in three seasons as head coach. However, he found more success in his defensive coordinator role for Notre Dame. In 2012, he helped lead the Fighting Irish to the national championship game and his defense only gave up 12.8 points per game. He went on to win the Broyles Award that season, which is awarded to the nation’s top assistant coach.
The turnaround was quick for Diaco who found himself in Lincoln on Thursday only one day after Banker was let go. Diaco was also rumored to be a leading candidate for the open defensive coordinator position at Arkansas.
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