Oct 15, 2022; Athens, Georgia, USA; Georgia Bulldogs tight end Arik Gilbert (7) catches a touchdown pass behind Vanderbilt Commodores linebacker De'Rickey Wright (43) during the second half at Sanford Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Reports: Ex-LSU, Georgia TE Arik Gilbert is headed to Nebraska

Arik Gilbert is headed to his third college football team.

The former five-star tight end is transferring to Nebraska, according to multiple media reports, after playing at LSU for one season and Georgia for two seasons.

Gilbert played in only three games for the national champion Bulldogs last season, catching two passes for 16 yards. He didn’t play at all in the 2021 season, sitting it out for personal reasons, according to Georgia coach Kirby Smart.

Gilbert had a breakout freshman season at LSU in 2020 with 35 catches for 368 yards and two touchdowns, before he transferred to Georgia.

While neither Gilbert nor Nebraska has confirmed his transfer, he is enrolled at Nebraska and could start classes Monday, when the spring semester begins, according to 247 Sports. Per the report, Gilbert visited Nebraska last weekend and is listed in the school’s student directory.

Gilbert is a 6-foot-5, 248-pounder from Marietta, Ga. He was rated the No. 5 overall recruit in the class of 2020 and the No. 1-ranked tight end, per 247 Sports. That remains the site’s top overall ranking ever for a tight end.

Nebraska has now landed two former Georgia players from the transfer portal. Edge defender MJ Sherman previously joined the Huskers.

–Field Level Media

Nov 5, 2022; Lincoln, Nebraska, USA; Nebraska Cornhuskers defensive end Garrett Nelson (44) celebrates after a stop against the Minnesota Golden Gophers during the first quarter at Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Dylan Widger-USA TODAY Sports

Nebraska LB Garrett Nelson enters NFL draft

Nebraska linebacker/edge rusher Garrett Nelson announced Tuesday that he is declaring for the NFL draft.

Nelson started the final 32 games of his Nebraska career.

“To the fans of Nebraska, you have shown me an overwhelming amount of support and love,” Nelson wrote in his announcement on Twitter. “From saying hello on the street, to letters, messages, hand shakes and kind words. No matter how big or small of gesture, all of you have a special place in my heart forever.

“That being said after speaking with my family, I am declaring for the NFL draft.”

Nelson had 26 tackles for loss, including 12 sacks, in 43 games during his four seasons with the Cornhuskers. He had nine tackles for loss — including 5.5 sacks — this season while earning second-team All-Big Ten honors.

The team captain had 65 tackles this season and 167 in his career. He had two fumble recoveries and forced one in 2022.

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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

Nebraska parts ways with Mickey Joseph, accused of domestic violence

Mickey Joseph, who served as interim coach of Nebraska for nine games this season, is no longer employed by the school after his arrest for felony domestic violence.

The school said Friday that Joseph’s separation date was Dec. 6. Nebraska placed Joseph on administrative leave after his Nov. 30 arrest.

“Coach Joseph is no longer part of the University of Nebraska football program or an employee of the University,” a school spokesman told media outlets via statement.

It is unclear whether Nebraska will honor the remainder of Joseph’s $600,000 assistant coach yearly contract, which would have run through Dec. 31, 2023.

Joseph, 54, was arrested on suspicion of choking and punching his wife and pulling her hair during a dispute on Nov. 30. He was released on bond the following day and ordered not to have contact with his wife.

Joseph’s next court appearance is scheduled for Jan. 30.

The incident occurred just days after Matt Rhule was tabbed as Nebraska’s new coach. Rhule was considering having Joseph on his staff but that is no longer a possibility.

Joseph became interim coach after Scott Frost was fired after a 45-42 home loss to Georgia Southern on Sept. 10 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.

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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.

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Oct 2, 2022; Charlotte, North Carolina, USA; Carolina Panthers head coach Matt Rhule during the first quarter against the Arizona Cardinals at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Nebraska hiring Marcus Satterfield as OC

Matt Rhule and Marcus Satterfield reportedly will be together for another tour of duty, this time in Lincoln, Neb.

Nebraska is hiring Satterfield away from South Carolina to be Rhule’s offensive coordinator, ESPN reported Monday. Satterfield has worked for Rhule at all three of his stops as head coach — Temple, Baylor and the Carolina Panthers.

Satterfield, 46, spearheaded the Gamecocks’ offensive explosion the past two weeks. South Carolina scored 94 points in consecutive weeks against top 10 programs Tennessee and Clemson.

Satterfield’s two-year deal at South Carolina was set to expire on Dec. 31. The school made a push to keep Satterfield in Columbia, S.C., per the report.

Nebraska officially named Rhule its new head coach on Saturday morning. His contract will be for eight seasons, and the school plans to introduce Rhule in a news conference in Lincoln on Monday.

–Field Level Media

Oct 9, 2022; Charlotte, North Carolina, USA; Carolina Panthers head coach Matt Rhule reacts in the second quarter at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

Matt Rhule officially named head coach at Nebraska

One day after word of negotiations had leaked, Nebraska officially named former Carolina Panthers head coach Matt Rhule its new head coach on Saturday morning.

The contract will be for eight seasons, and the school plans to introduce Rhule in a press conference in Lincoln on Monday.

“It is a privilege to welcome coach Matt Rhule, his wife Julie, and their family to Nebraska,” Nebraska Vice Chancellor/Director of Athletics Trev Alberts said in a statement. “Coach Rhule has created a winning culture throughout his coaching career, and he will provide great leadership for the young men in our football program.

“Matt is detail-oriented, his teams are disciplined and play a physical brand of football. Matt also has the personality and relationship-building skills to build a great staff and excel in recruiting.”

Rhule, who had college success as a head coach at both Temple (28-23 in four seasons) and Baylor (19-20 in three seasons), was fired in October by the Panthers after a 1-4 start. He had an 11-27 record in two-plus seasons with the team.

“It is a tremendous honor to be chosen to lead the Nebraska football program,” Rhule said. “When you think of great, tradition-rich programs in college football Nebraska is right at the top of the list. The fan base is second to none, and I consider it a privilege to have the opportunity to coach in Memorial Stadium on Tom Osborne Field.

“My family and I are so grateful to become a part of the Husker Family, and we can’t wait to get started.”

Rhule, 47, was 47-43 in the college ranks with Temple (2013-16) and Baylor (2017-19). At the latter, he was credited with turning around a program that had been decimated by scandal under former coach Art Briles. In Rhule’s final season there, the Bears were 11-3 and played in the Sugar Bowl.

Nebraska is in another once-proud program in desperate need of a turnaround after firing coach Scott Frost as the Cornhuskers started the season at 1-2. Nebraska has won five national championships but none since 1997, when Frost was the quarterback.

Frost was 16-31 in four-plus seasons with Nebraska.

The Cornhuskers haven’t won a bowl game since 2015 and last won 10 games in 2012. They finished this season with a 4-8 record (3-6 Big Ten) after posting a 24-17 win over Iowa on Friday.

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Nov 25, 2022; Iowa City, Iowa, USA; Nebraska Cornhuskers quarterback Casey Thompson throws a pass against the Iowa Hawkeyes at Kinnick Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Reese Strickland-USA TODAY Sports

Casey Thompson, Nebraska defeat Iowa to damage Hawkeyes’ title chances

Casey Thompson completed three touchdown passes and Trey Palmer had nine catches for 165 yards as Nebraska held off Iowa 24-17 Saturday at Iowa City, Iowa.

Iowa backup quarterback Alex Padilla tried to rally the Hawkeyes back from a 24-0 deficit in the second half after Spencer Petras suffered an arm injury before halftime.

In Iowa’s second-to-last possession, Padilla completed a 15-yard pass to Luke Lachey for a first down to the Iowa 33, but he threw four consecutive incompletions thereafter for a turnover on downs with 2:06 left.

After Iowa forced Nebraska to punt with 1:05 remaining, Padilla was intercepted by Chris Kolarevic on a fourth-and-8 play at Iowa’s 22.

Padilla was 16 of 33 for 141 yards with a touchdown and interception.

Thompson passed for 278 yards while completing 20 of 30 passes for Nebraska, which snapped a seven-game losing streak against Iowa.

The Hawkeyes (7-5, 5-4 Big Ten) were in position to win the Big Ten West Division with a victory after putting together a four-game winning streak entering the game.

They can still win the division if Purdue loses at Indiana and Illinois loses at Northwestern on Saturday.

Nebraska (4-8, 3-6) took control at the start not having to punt through its first four possessions.

A missed field goal by Timmy Bleekrode of 32 yards in Nebraska’s first drive was followed by an 87-yard touchdown pass from Thompson to Palmer to put the Cornhuskers ahead 7-0 with 8:45 left in the first quarter.

Bleekrode converted on a 21-yard field goal and Thompson connected on an 18-yard touchdown to Palmer in the next two possessions.

The Cornhuskers increased the lead to 24-0 with 12:15 left in the third quarter on Thompson’s 14-yard pass to Marcus Washington.

Iowa’s Kaleb Johnson then capped a seven-play, 75-yard drive with a 44-yard touchdown run to cut the lead to 24-7. Johnson had 109 yards on 16 rushes.

Nebraska’s offense was forced to punt on its next two possessions.

Iowa scored on 14-yard touchdown pass from Padilla to Lachey with 6:49 remaining to cut the lead to 24-14.

A fumble by Nebraska’s Rahmir Johnson was then recovered by Iowa’s Logan Klemp at the Nebraska 27.

Drew Stevens made a 45-yard field goal with 5:41 left to cut the lead to 24-17.

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Oct 9, 2022; Charlotte, North Carolina, USA;  Carolina Panthers head coach Matt Rhule during the second half against the San Francisco 49ers  at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Nebraska expected to name Matt Rhule next head coach

Nebraska and former Carolina Panthers head coach Matt Rhule are ironing out a deal that will make him the Cornhuskers’ next coach, ESPN reported Friday.

Rhule, who previously coached at Temple and Baylor, was fired in October by the Panthers after a 1-4 start. He had an 11-27 record in two-plus seasons with the team.

In an interview with NFL Network earlier on Tuesday, he said he wanted to coach again.

“It didn’t end the way I wanted it to. But I’m proud I never lost the locker room,” Rhule said. “I’m proud those guys fought and stood up for me til the very end. I hope I get another chance to coach. I’d do some things better football-wise.”

Rhule, 47, was 47-43 in the college ranks with Temple (2013-16) and Baylor (2017-19). At the latter, he was credited with turning around a program that had been decimated by scandal under former coach Art Briles.

In Rhule’s final season there, the Bears were 11-3 and played in the Sugar Bowl.

Nebraska is in another once-proud program in desperate need of a turnaround after firing coach Scott Frost as the Huskers started the season at 1-2. Nebraska has won five national championships but none since 1997, when Frost was the quarterback.

Frost was 16-31 in four-plus seasons.

The Cornhuskers haven’t won a bowl game since 2015 and last won 10 games in 2012. They were 3-8 (2-6 Big Ten) entering Friday’s season finale against Iowa.

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Nov 12, 2022; Iowa City, Iowa, USA; Wisconsin Badgers linebacker Darryl Peterson (17) and linebacker Jordan Turner (54) react as Iowa Hawkeyes quarterback Spencer Petras (7) looks on during the game at Kinnick Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports

Iowa can get Big Ten title shot by beating Nebraska

After losing three consecutive conference games, Iowa stands one victory from the Big Ten championship game thanks to a four-game winning streak.

Iowa, at one point, was 3-4 overall and 1-3 in conference play. Then came victories over Northwestern, Purdue, Wisconsin and Minnesota, pushing the Hawkeyes (7-4, 5-3 Big Ten) in position to play either Ohio State or Michigan in the Big Ten title game.

A victory over Nebraska (3-8, 2-6) on Friday at Iowa City, Iowa, will make it happen.

“Really happy for our guys,” said Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz, who was embroiled in criticism after the early struggles this season. “Really happy locker room. That’s November football, whatever it takes to get it done.”

Iowa has won seven straight games against Nebraska, which is likely playing its last game under interim head coach Mickey Joseph.

The Cornhuskers lost five consecutive Big Ten games after starting 2-1, including a painful defeat last week.

Nebraska was competitive in the 15-14 home loss to Wisconsin but fell short when the Badgers scored on a touchdown run with 35 seconds left.

The Cornhuskers’ offense totaled 171 yards, with 106 yards passing and 65 yards on the ground.

Casey Thompson completed 12 of 19 pass attempts for 106 yards, with two touchdowns and no interceptions.

“Take a hat off to these kids,” said Joseph, whose team has lost three of the five games in the losing streak by a touchdown or less. “Just a good character group. A group that’s not going to quit.”

Iowa limited Minnesota to 87 passing yards in the 13-10 victory last week — the third time this season an opponent has passed for less than 100 yards.

This is the first season since 1929 that the Hawkeyes’ defense has allowed 10 or fewer points in eight games. The 1929 team gave up 28 points the entire eight-game season.

Jack Campbell, a linebacker, had a fourth-quarter interception against Minnesota and also tallied 10 tackles — his seventh game of 10 tackles or more this season. Campbell is now 20th in school history with 287 career tackles.

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Nov 19, 2022; Lincoln, Nebraska, USA; Wisconsin Badgers quarterback Graham Mertz (5) throws a pass against the Nebraska Cornhuskers during the second quarter at Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Dylan Widger-USA TODAY Sports

Wisconsin’s Graham Mertz leads fourth-quarter comeback against Nebraska

Graham Mertz threw a touchdown pass and ran for the winning touchdown with 35 seconds remaining as Wisconsin defeated Nebraska 15-14 in a Big Ten game Saturday in Lincoln, Neb.

The Badgers (6-5, 4-4), who never led until the final minute, took over at midfield with 3:11 left after a Nebraska punt.

Mertz’s 27-yard pass to Isaac Guerendo produced a first down at the 7 and three plays later, Mertz rushed 1 yard for the winning score.

Nebraska’s Casey Thompson threw two touchdown passes to Trey Palmer, but that wasn’t enough to prevent the Cornhuskers (3-8, 2-6) from losing their fifth straight game.

Wisconsin outgained Nebraska 318 yards to 171.

Both teams punted on their first possession of the second half before the Badgers put together their best drive of the game.

They drove to a first and goal at the 5 and reached the 1 before a false-start penalty and an incomplete pass.

The 14-play, 74-yard march produced Nate Van Zeist’s 25-yard field goal that trimmed the Huskers lead to 7-3 with 4:50 left in the third quarter.

Nebraska answered on the ensuing possession by driving 79 yards in nine plays with Thompson and Palmer connecting on a 19-yard touchdown pass that increased the lead to 14-3 at the end of the period.

Mertz threw a 10-yard touchdown pass to Skyler Bell but a two-point conversion attempt failed, leaving the Huskers with a 14-9 lead with 10:07 left.

The first five possessions of the game ended with punts and the game was scoreless at the end of the first quarter.

The biggest play of the first half came at the 10:13 mark of the second quarter when Malcolm Hartzog intercepted Mertz and returned the ball 23 yards to the Wisconsin 37.

Eight plays later Thompson threw an 11-yard touchdown pass to Palmer for a 7-0 lead that Nebraska took into halftime after Van Zeist missed a 39-yard field goal with 14 seconds left in the half.

The Badgers held the ball for nearly 18 minutes and outgained the Huskers 111 yards to 95 in the opening half.

–Field Level Media