Nebraska Football: Matt Rhule reportedly hires his special teams coach

Nebraska football head coach Matt Rhule speaks at the introductory press conference (Steven Branscombe-USA TODAY Sports)
Nebraska football head coach Matt Rhule speaks at the introductory press conference (Steven Branscombe-USA TODAY Sports) /

New Nebraska football head coach Matt Rhule appears to be working fast. He had his introductory press conference earlier Monday but it appears he’s already got about half his staff all filled out. That includes the reported newest addition.

During the press conference, Rhule made it clear that he will be working fast to get his assistant coaches hired. Though he did say that talking to the players was first. It appears he’s actually multitasking, considering that reports indicated he had three assistants, including his strength coach, before he touched down in Lincoln. A few hours before his official press conference, he also had his offensive coordinator in Marcus Saterfield.

A new report, first circulated by Bruce Feldman on Twitter says that the Nebraska football team now has its new special teams coordinator in Ed Foley. Considering that most of the other coaches hired so far have deep ties to Matt Rhule it should come as no surprise that the newest Huskers head man and Foley have worked together in several different stops.

Foley worked with Rhule at Temple, Baylor and Carolina. He was fired from the Panthers around the same time as Rhule.

It is possible that Foley might not be the special teams’ coach, as he’s had several different positions on Rhule’s staff including recruiting coordinator, tight ends coach, and assistant offensive line coach. He served as an offensive analyst with Baylor in 2019 before following Rhule to Carolina where he was an assistant special teams coordinator.

If Foley is indeed the Nebraska football team’s special teams coordinator, that’s not great news for those who were hoping that Bill Busch would be retained as a full-time staff member. It seems extremely unlikely that he will remain the defensive coordinator for the new group.

It’s worth pointing out that Matt Rhule has not made any formal announcements and that the staff hires have all been leaked. It seems likely that the entire Nebraska football coaching staff will be announced by the end of the week.