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Former Nebraska Interim Head Coach Mickey Joseph No Longer Employed by the University

December 16, 2022

Former Nebraska interim head football coach, Mickey Joseph, is no longer on the Huskers’ coaching staff or employed by the university.

The university initially placed Joseph on administrative leave following his November 30 arrest on felony domestic violence allegations. As of Friday, he’s no longer employed.

“Coach Joseph is no longer part of the University of Nebraska football program or an employee of the University,” a statement from Nebraska Athletics read. “We have no additional comment at this time.”

Lincoln Police responded to a domestic disturbance call in south Lincoln on the afternoon of November 30, according to a release. An investigation concluded the victim suffered bruising on the face and neck, consistent with an account of punching and choking. Police contacted Joseph, 54, and arrested him on suspicion of third-degree domestic assault and strangulation, a felony. A police affidavit shows Joseph denied striking the victim or pulling their hair. Joseph was logged at Lancaster County Corrections, where he made his initial court appearance. He was released after posting bail. His next court hearing is late next month.

Joseph served as Nebraska’s interim head coach from September 11 until November 27, when the school announced Matt Rhule as the new head football coach. Per Joseph’s contract, he reverted back to associate head coach, passing game coordinator and wide receivers coach. He earned $600,000 annually in that capacity. It is unclear what, if anything, the university owes Joseph as a result of his termination. Joseph’s contract with the university strictly states that cause for termination includes “violation or breach of any applicable federal, state or municipal laws,” and “violation of any felony or misdemeanor criminal statute resulting in a conviction that relates to, impacts or impairs, the athletic staff member’s ability to perform duties on behalf of the university.”

Joseph’s original contract also states he could be placed on paid administrative leave while the university investigates or following an indictment or information on felony charges. The university reserved the right to give up to 72 hours notice to Joseph of the school’s intent to terminate his employment for cause, per the contract. If he wishes, Joseph could submit a written request for a post-hearing within 15 calendar days following the effective date of termination.

Rhule met with Joseph on the afternoon of Joseph’s arrest. Rhule was interested in keeping Joseph on staff and the two met earlier in the week about potentially retaining the former interim head coach.

Joseph, a former Nebraska quarterback, returned to Lincoln as associate head coach, wide receivers coach and passing game coordinator following the 2021 season. He spent his previous four seasons at LSU in his native Louisiana. Following a career-altering injury against Oklahoma in 1990, Joseph fell down Nebraska’s depth chart and his attempts at reviving his career in Canada fell short. He started his coaching career at Omaha North High School in 1995 and worked his way through the coaching ranks over the following 27 years.

Nebraska Athletic Director Trev Alberts appointed Joseph the Huskers’ interim head coach for the 2022 season when he dismissed Scott Frost on September 11. Nebraska went 3-6 during Joseph’s coaching stretch, including a five-game losing streak. Nebraska defeated rival Iowa, 24-17, on November 25 to snap a seven-game losing streak to the Hawkeyes in the season finale. The university announced Rhule as new head coach the following morning.

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