Former Nebraska interim head football coach Mickey Joseph, 54, was arrested on suspicion of domestic assault this afternoon at his home in Lincoln, according to the Lincoln Police Department.
Lincoln Police was dispatched to a residence near South 34th and Tree Lane Drive at 1:54 p.m. on Wednesday for a domestic disturbance, according to a release. Following an investigation, police arrested Joseph at a separate location for strangulation and third-degree domestic assault. He was logged at Lancaster County Corrections.
“I was made aware of the charges against coach Joseph and given the nature of the allegations and based on University policy he has been placed on administrative leave,” Nebraska Athletic Director Trev Alberts said on Wednesday. “We will have no additional comment at this time.”
In order to protect victims and in accordance with Nebraska state law, LPD is not releasing additional information.
Joseph endeared himself to fans throughout his tenure. Husker fans praised his attitude and approach while potential recruits appreciated his honesty. Alberts praised Joseph’s leadership throughout his time as interim head coach. New Nebraska head coach Matt Rhule also admired Joseph’s leadership of the team. Rhule and Joseph were scheduled to meet this week to determine if the former interim head coach would be part of Rhule’s coaching staff.
Joseph, a former Nebraska quarterback, returned to Lincoln amid the offensive coaching shuffle that occurred following the 2021 season. He was hired as wide receivers coach and associate head coach. Joseph served in that capacity until September 11 when former head coach Scott Frost was removed. Athletic director Trev Alberts installed Joseph as interim head coach at that time. Joseph led the Huskers as coach for the remainder of the season. Nebraska finished 4-8, 3-6 under Joseph.
Joseph returned to Nebraska after two seasons at LSU, where he served as the Tigers’ wide receivers coach and assistant head coach. Joseph 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.
He 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. He started his coaching career at Omaha North shortly after his college playing career ended.
Those impacted by domestic violence can call the Domestic Violence Hotline at 1−800−799−7233 for help, the Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-656-4673 and the Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255.