Oct 29, 2022; Lincoln, Nebraska, USA; Nebraska Cornhuskers interim head coach Mickey Joseph looks to the sideline before the game against the Illinois Fighting Illini at Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Dylan Widger-USA TODAY Sports

Charges dropped against ex-Nebraska interim coach Mickey Joseph

Prosecutors dropped a domestic violence charge against former Nebraska interim football coach Mickey Joseph after his accuser refused to testify.

A Lancaster County (Neb.) Court judge dismissed the case Wednesday during a brief hearing.

According to the Lincoln Star Journal, the state had sought a court order last month to compel Joseph’s accuser to attend the hearing.

“Despite several attempts by the authorities in Arizona she was not able to be served. So at this time, I am moving to dismiss without prejudice at state’s costs,” said Erica Pruess, the deputy county attorney, at the hearing.

Pruess said the accuser sent an email to her and to Joseph’s attorney, Sean Brennan, last month “indicating she was not intending to testify in this case.”

Joseph, 55, was arrested on Nov. 30 on suspicion of choking and punching his accuser and pulling her hair during a dispute. He was released on bond the following day and ordered not to have contact with the woman, who apparently has gone to Arizona.

Nebraska ended his employment on Dec. 6.

The incident occurred just days after Matt Rhule was tabbed as Nebraska’s new coach.

Joseph became interim coach after Scott Frost was fired on Sept. 11 after a 45-42 home loss to Georgia Southern that dropped the team’s record to 1-2.

The Cornhuskers went 3-6 under Joseph to finish the season with a 4-8 record.

–Field Level Media

Nov 25, 2022; Iowa City, Iowa, USA; Nebraska Cornhuskers head coach Mickey Joseph watches his team play the Iowa Hawkeyes at Kinnick Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Reese Strickland-USA TODAY Sports

Former Nebraska interim HC Mickey Joseph arrested, accused of assault

Former Nebraska interim head football coach Mickey Joseph was arrested on suspicion of strangulation and third-degree domestic assault in Lincoln, Neb., on Wednesday.

Lincoln police stated that officers responded to a domestic-disturbance call Wednesday afternoon at a residence and that Joseph later was arrested at a different location. He was booked into Lancaster County Jail.

The university placed Joseph on administrative leave after his arrest, with athletic director Trev Alberts saying in a statement that the move was made “given the nature of the allegations and based on University policy.”

The school hired ex-Carolina Panthers head coach Matt Rhule to take over the football program on Saturday, and Joseph was discussing a role on Rhule’s staff while also looking at other options, the Omaha (Neb.) World-Herald reported.

Joseph, 54, began the 2022 season as the Cornhuskers’ wide receivers coach, passing game coordinator and associate head coach. When head coach Scott Frost was fired on Sept. 11 after the team’s 1-2 start, Joseph took over and produced a 3-6 record as interim head coach.

Joseph previously was an assistant coach at Alabama State, Nicholls State, Central Oklahoma, Alcorn State, Grambling State, Louisiana Tech and LSU, and he went 13-7 in two seasons as head coach at Langston, an NAIA program in Oklahoma.

–Field Level Media