Nebraska Football: Huskers’ coaching search power rankings Week 6

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Mickey Joseph. 5. player. 810. . .

When Joseph was first named the interim head coach, there were few people who thought he was a real contender for the full time head coaching job. Then he went out and got the first win of his head coaching career against the Indiana Hoosiers.

While IU isn’t exactly what could be called a “good” team, the Huskers showed improvement from their 49-14 loss to Oklahoma and there was nothing but excitement and hope filling the stadium following the victory.

The Husker players have expressed quite a bit of love for Mickey, even before this win. The jubilant atmosphere after their win was absolutely intoxicating and it has spread to the fan base. If he can rack up a few more wins, starting on Friday over Rutgers, he’s going to shoot up this list for a number of different reasons, including the fact that he’s a Cornhusker product and former player.

player. 823. . . . Chris Klieman. 6

Honestly, it’s a bit surprising that Klieman isn’t a bit higher on this list, but he’s hardly getting any mention at all among Nebraska football faithful. Is it just that Husker fans look past Kansas State as a matter of their every day life?

Is it that the Wildcats have been solid but unspectacular? Is it that Klieman is a bit of a older name and fans just want someone they perceive to be a hotter name at that age? It’s hard to tell.

But while he was mentioned early on in the coaching search, he’s not a name that surfaces all that much these days.

Of course, that could change if K-State goes on a real run and finds a way to contend for the Big 12 title deep into the season. Nebraska fans will see his name move up the rankings fast if that’s the case.

There’s a bunch of names out there that could eventually get into the “Top 6” but for now, they’re on the outside looking in. In no particular order, here’s the best of the rest.

  • Bill O’Brien – Alabama offensive coordinator
  • Jim Leonhard – Wisconsin interim head coach
  • Matt Rhule – Head Coach Carolina Panthers
  • Dave Doeren – Head Coach North Carolina State
  • Jamey Chadwell – Head Coach Coastal Carolina
  • Gary Patterson – Defensive Analyst Texas (former TCU head coach)
  • Mark Stoops – Kentucky Head Coach

This group could eventually be on the Nebraska football program’s radar, but for now, they seem to be on the outside looking in.