Nebraska defensive analyst and former Nebraska safeties coach Bob Elliott has passed away at the age of 64.
The Iowa State football twitter account confirmed the news on Sunday.
Coach Mike Riley hired Elliott in February to coach the safeties after Brian Stewart left to be the defensive coordinator at Rice. Elliott coached the team during the spring, but Nebraska announced in June that Elliott had to step down from his on-field coaching position because of personal reasons and would instead serve as an analyst. Nebraska hired Scott Booker to take over the safeties coach role.
Elliott had nearly four decades of coaching experience with stops at Notre Dame, Iowa State, San Diego State, Kansas State, Iowa, North Carolina, Ball State and Kent State. He coached in 18 bowl games including the BCS National Championship with Notre Dame in 2012.
Born and raised in Iowa City, Iowa, Elliott played defensive back at Iowa from 1972 to 1975. He began his coaching career as a graduate assistant with the Hawkeyes immediately after graduation. He is survived by his wife, Joey, and his children, Grant and Jessica.
Some players turned to Twitter to express thankfulness for the time they spent with “Coach E.”
I'll always remember the words Coach E shared with me. I'm so thankful for the times we shared. Rest Up Coach 🙏🏾
— Star Cap 💫 † (@DicaprioBootle) July 9, 2017
Limited time with Coach E but he carried so much knowledge and love for the game. Great coach but a phenomenal person… RIP Coach E 🙏🏾
— Eric Lee 6️⃣ (@Pick6_Lee) July 9, 2017
Thank you for everything Coach Elliot, even that short time that was spent it meant a life time 🙏🏾 Rest Peacefully
— Chris Jones (@Joneschosen1) July 9, 2017
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.