Nebraska Cornhuskers news: Mickey Joseph officially out, grads, more

Interim head coach Mickey Joseph of the Nebraska Cornhuskers (Photo by Matthew Holst/Getty Images)
Interim head coach Mickey Joseph of the Nebraska Cornhuskers (Photo by Matthew Holst/Getty Images) /

It’s been a heck of a weird and unsettling fall and winter for the Nebraska Cornhuskers football program, and that was never underlined more clearly than it was on Friday afternoon. That was when the athletic department decided to officially part ways with Mickey Joseph.

Joseph went from someone who most Nebraska Cornhuskers fans hoped would be retained by new head coach Matt Rhule, to being someone everyone knew was on his way out thanks to an arrest last month after accusations of domestic violence. While the preliminary legal proceedings took place, he was placed on administrative leave.

However, it appears the university has discovered enough since that first move that it is confident it can part ways with the former interim head coach. It was a heck of a rise and fall for Joseph who more than a few Husker fans were hoping he’d get the head coaching job.

Other Nebraska Cornhuskers News

In more positive news, several Nebraska football players, past and present are going to be receiving their degrees this weekend. That includes Lawrence Pete, who played for the Huskers in the late 1980’s. Other Huskers getting their undergrad degrees are Brian Buschini, Braxton Clark, Tyreke Johnson, Matt Masker, Darius Moore, Simon Otte, Phalen Sanford, Ryan Schommer and Markese Stepp. Casey Thompson and Chris Kolarevic are getting their Masters. That’s one of the reasons things are still a question mark around Thompson.

Former Husker Ernest Hausmann announced just a few days ago that he’s transferring to Michigan. It turns out that he’ll even be able to be an early enrollee so he’ll be able to get to know the defense he’ll be playing under quickly.

College Football News

Bowl season officially started on Friday morning and Miami of Ohio found a way to honor the recently deceased Mike Leach in their game.

It wasn’t a bowl game but rather the FCS Semifinal game that got the most noise on Friday night. Incarnate Word lost to North Dakota 35-32 but the loss was marred by a blown call by the refs on what was an obvious fumble. Hard to have your season end that way.