Former Nebraska football assistant returns to roots with Big 12 squad

  • Former Nebraska football TEs coach Bob Wager has a new job.
  • The long time high school coach is back in Texas with TCU.
 A TCU helmet raised in the air during second half against the
A TCU helmet raised in the air during second half against the / Raymond Carlin III-USA TODAY Sports

A former Nebraska football assistant coach has found his next college football job. It turns out that Bob Wager is going to be able to return to his roots, of sorts, while staying up in the college ranks.

Late last week, it was announced that Wager joined the TCU football staff. However, he won’t be an on-field coach like he was under Husker head coach Matt Rhule. Instead, Wager will serve as a staff in charge of high school relations. 

In other words, TCU will be using Wager in many of the same ways that the Nebraska football program was planning on using him. Before joining the Cornhuskers staff in 2023, he spent decades as a well known head coach in the Texas high school ranks.

When he was hired as the Cornhuskers’ tight end coach, it was thought that while he was someone who could help that position group grow, he was also someone who would be able to help the Nebraska football team’s recruiting efforts in the Lone Star State.

Wager never got to coach a game for Rhule’s team, however. Not long after Rhule and his players wrapped up a successful Big Ten Media Days stint, Wager was fired. The long time high school coach had been cited with driving while intoxicated and was dismissed.

Former Nebraska football assistant coach team has new home

After Wager left the program, Rhule named staffer Josh Martin as the tight ends coach. It turned out that Martin’s stint at that position was relatively short as he’s now been moved back to an off-field staff position and co-offensive coordinator Marcus Satterfield will also be tutoring tight ends this season.

The hire by Wager from TCU is an interesting one for no other reason that it doesn’t appear there was a ton of love lost from some around the Nebraska football program when he left. Some talked about his lack of effort in recruiting, especially as strike against him.

Perhaps the Horned Frogs have found a position that will better suit him in the college ranks.