Ex-Nebraska football coach gets new defensive coordinator job

Erik Chinander's time with Nebraska football was far from great, but he might have found the perfect new home.

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Nebraska football fans are certainly happy that Erik Chinander is no longer around. His replacement, Tony White has already reached cult hero status after his first season in Lincoln saw him return the Blackshirts to their former glory.

However, as it turns out, the former Nebraska defensive coordinator has had plenty of success on his own, once he departed the heartland. After getting fired by interim head coach Mickey Joseph not long after Scott Frost was sent packing, he managed to catch on with Boise State. He had a good enough first season with the Mountain West team that he just got himself a promotion.

Chinander was hired by Boise State to lead their defensive line. However, earlier this week, he was given the Broncos' defensive coordinator title. Brett McMurphy was among the first to announce the news, pointing out that Chinander's front line unit was ranked 17th in the nation with 2.8 sacks per game.

Among Chinander's charges is defensive end Ahmed Hassanein. The star player has at least 1 sack in nation-leading 9 consecutive games. That streak will be put to the test when Boise takes on UCLA in the Starco Brands LA Bowl.

Ex-Nebraska football coach finds a new gig

Chinander takes over a unit that was surprisingly impressive, despite the fact that the team's head coach was fired in the middle of the season. Of course, once he was fired, the Broncos actually played much better and rolled to a Mountain West title.

The Broncos were 59th in the country this season in total defense, to go along with those impressive sack numbers. It was especially the pass rush that was lacking when he was a member of the Nebraska football coaching staff,

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It will be interesting to see what kind of success the former Nebraska football DC has with Boise State in the same position. It certainly seems like he's better suited for a G5 program.