Nebraska football and coach Scott Frost are close to finalizing a deal to replace a key vacancy on the Huskers’ offensive coaching staff. Mickey Joseph, a former University of Nebraska player, is nearing a deal to become Nebraska’s next wide receivers coach, a source confirmed to Hail Varsity. An official announcement is expected soon.
The news was first reported by Football Scoop.
Joseph will come to Nebraska from LSU, where he served as the Tigers’ wide receivers coach and assistant head coach. Joseph arrived at LSU after serving as the running backs coach at Louisiana Tech in 2016. Prior to that, Joseph coached the wide receivers at Grambling State, helping the team go from 1-11 to 16 wins over the two seasons he was with the program in 2014-15. Joseph was also the special teams coordinator and wide receivers coach at Alcorn State in 2013, and spent six years—two as the head coach—at Langston University from 2008-13. His first collegiate coaching job was at Wayne State (Nebraska) College in 1997.
Former LSU head coach Ed Orgeron hired Joseph to his Tigers staff in 2017.
“Mickey is well-known in our state, and he has strong ties to New Orleans. He’s an outstanding coach with a great deal of experience on the offensive side of the ball,” Orgeron said in a statement released by LSU at the time. “He’s an outstanding recruiter with a great work ethic and will be a tremendous addition to the staff.”
LSU fired Orgeron almost two months ago, recently hiring Brian Kelly from Notre Dame to fill the open position. It seemed plausible that Kelly would be interested in retaining Joseph at LSU, but Frost and Nebraska won out in the end.
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. The contract ran through March of 2023.
Joseph has 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.
This isn’t the first time Nebraska has expressed interest in Joseph either. The Huskers looked at Joseph as a potential replacement for Troy Walters in early 2020 before Matt Lubick was hired for the offensive coordinator position. That position is open once again, but Nebraska has not yet filled it. Nebraska will also be looking to fill two assistant coaching roles, with the three remaining positions needing to oversee quarterbacks, running backs and the offensive line. There’s also rumor that Frost may opt to hire a full-time special teams coordinator, which means staff rearrangement and responsibilities are still possible.
Joseph will now return to Lincoln after being away for nearly two decades, but he’s expected to hit the ground running once the deal is official. Joseph is known for his skills on the recruiting trail, and Nebraska will need him to hit the road before the early signing period begins on Dec. 15.
For more on Joseph, you can check him out in action during practice at LSU below.
Erin is the Deputy Editor and Digital Marketing Strategist for Hail Varsity. She has covered Nebraska athletics since 2012, which has included stops at Bleacher Report, Cox Media Group’s Land of 10, and even Hail Varsity (previously from 2012-2017). She has also been featured on the Big Ten Network, NET’s Big Red Wrap-Up, and a varsity of radio shows nationwide. When not covering the Huskers, Erin is probably at Chipotle.