Nebraska Coach Mike Riley announced a staff shake-up on Tuesday afternoon as safeties coach Bob Elliott is stepping away from on-field duties because of personal reasons and will serve as an analyst for the 2017 season instead.
The Huskers hired former Notre Dame assistant Scott Booker to take over for Elliott as safeties and special teams coach.
Riley hired Elliott in February to take over for the departed Brian Stewart and he coached the safeties through the spring. However, a recent change in his situation necessitated the change according to a release by the university.
“We are sorry to see Bob Elliott leave our full-time on-field staff,” Riley said in the release. “Bob is a wonderful man and a great football coach and he has built a great rapport with our staff and the players in our program. We respect Bob’s decision and we are confident that he will continue to have a positive impact on our program.”
Booker has performed a variety of roles including graduate assistant, intern, assistant coach and consultant over the past 14 years. He spent six years at Notre Dame and joined the Huskers during the spring to serve as a special teams consultant.
“The opportunity to be a part of a prestigious program at the University of Nebraska is something that few coaches have the chance to do in their career,” Booker said in the release. “This is a special place with tremendous people and a great leader in Coach Riley. I couldn’t be more excited for the 2017 season and the chance to work with the young men in this program.”
Jacob is in his third year with Hail Varsity covering Husker athletics. He has also written extensively for SB Nation’s Bright Side of the Sun and The Creightonian. His love of basketball can best be described as an obsession and if you need to find him, he’s probably in a gym somewhere watching, coaching or playing hoops.