Nebraska Football: Matt Rhule is here and 'all in' after calls about his contract

The Nebraska football head coach made it clear he was asked about leaving since Alberts went to Texas A&M.
Oct 28, 2023; Lincoln, Nebraska, USA; Nebraska Cornhuskers head coach Matt Rhule walks
Oct 28, 2023; Lincoln, Nebraska, USA; Nebraska Cornhuskers head coach Matt Rhule walks / Dylan Widger-USA TODAY Sports

One of the things that Nebraska football fans have worried about out loud since Trev Alberts departed for Texas A&M, is that head coach Matt Rhule’s time in Lincoln might now be limited. It turns out those worries were realistic.

During Rhule’s first press conference of spring practice the Nebraska football head coach made it clear that he did get some calls about his contract. The insinuation there is that just days after the Huskers lost their AD, there are some people who were seeing how possible poaching of the coach might go.

If that particular revelation didn’t make you take a long inhalation, you’re probably not a die-hard Nebraska football fan. Even coming off a 5-7 season, the idea of losing Matt Rhule isn’t one many Husker fans would stomach well.

Now for the exhalation. Rhule added that the phone calls asking if he might be willing to leave Lincoln made him angry. He said that he’s not going anywhere. He is in fact, all in.

Cynics might point out that Trev Alberts said something very similar back in November when he signed his massive new contract. But it feels different coming from the Husker head coach. 

As has been the case when he says other things about his love for the university that others have said, it feels more authentic. In part because he has things to back up those comments.

Nebraska football head coach is here and is ‘all in’

In explaining what he sees from Lincoln and his family’s future there, he talked about the fact that his son is going to the University of Nebraska. His wife has also started a business in town.

In short, Rhule has made it clear he and his family are setting down roots. Let’s hope those Nebraska football roots are long enough and strong enough should Penn State have another season its higher up consider sub par.