Nebraska Cornhuskers news: EJ Barthel hits the trail, another decommit, more

The Nebraska Cornhuskers rush the field (Photo by Matthew Holst/Getty Images)
The Nebraska Cornhuskers rush the field (Photo by Matthew Holst/Getty Images) /

As Matt Rhule continues putting together his Nebraska Cornhuskers coaching staff, those that have already been put on the payroll are already working hard. That includes new running back coach EJ Barthel.

Barthel is one of those assistants that Nebraska Cornhuskers fans may not know, but it seems as though they’re going to love him. He’s someone who has been credited with helping turn UCONN around.

That would be the UCONN that is going to a bowl this year. Going to a bowl after years of true failure. Now Barthel is part of Matt Rhule’s staff and he’s working overtime on the recruiting trail.

On Monday, the new Nebraska football coach was all over social media visiting recruits. That included one that was a commit to Cincinnati, and then suddenly … wasn’t. Barthel seems to be making a splash so far.

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Not all the Nebraska football news in the last couple of days has been good news. There have been more than a few players entering the transfer portal. There’s also been a few decommits here and there.

Unfortunately, one player who decommitted on Monday was running back prospect Arnold Barnes. He was the second commit of the Mickey Joseph era and he’s decided to look around again after Joseph wasn’t named the head coach.

Just how much of a chance the Nebraska Cornhuskers have at getting him back is unknown. However, if the progress made by Rhule in regard to Malachi Coleman is an indication, there’s still a chance they could hold onto Barnes.

College Football News

The Heisman finalists were officially announced on Monday night and there’s more than a few people who are annoyed with some of the choices. Stetson Bennett is right at the top of the list of players who some think don’t deserve to be going to New York.

Matt Rhule isn’t the only P5 coach who has been getting buzz the last couple of weeks. Deion Sanders has been quite the story since he was hired at Colorado.

Now “Coach Prime” has his offensive coordinator in former Kent State head coach Sean Lewis. Lewis is considered a big up-and-comer and his joining Sanders’ staff has certainly raised some eyebrows. Now it’s time for the Nebraska Cornhuskers to announce the rest of its staff.