Jue. Feb 9th, 2023

The Nebraska Cornhuskers are getting closer to hiring the next head coach for a football program that has fallen on hard times.

Matt Rhule, who was fired as head coach from the Carolina Panthers in October, and Nebraska are working to finalize a deal in the coming days, according to ESPN.

Nebraska Cornhuskers fans watch the band perform before a game against the Illinois Fighting Illini at Memorial Stadium on October 29, 2022 in Lincoln, Nebraska.
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Nebraska fired head coach Scott Frost in September after an embarrassing loss to Georgia Southern.

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Under Frost, the Cornhuskers failed to win five games in one season, he lost 10 straight one-touchdown games and became an afterthought in the Big Ten.

Frost finished his time at his alma mater with a 16-31 record.

Head Coach Matt Rhule of the Carolina Panthers watches his team play the New Orleans Saints at Bank of America Stadium on September 25, 2022 in Charlotte, NC

Head Coach Matt Rhule of the Carolina Panthers watches his team play the New Orleans Saints at Bank of America Stadium on September 25, 2022 in Charlotte, NC
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Mickey Joseph, a former Nebraska quarterback, replaced Frost on an interim basis after coaching wide receivers and has gone 2-6 since taking over the program.

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the Panthers fired Rhule after a 1-4 start to the season in just his third year at Carolina.

Carolina hired Rhule after his two successful seasons as head coach of the Temple Owls and the Baylor Bears.

Baylor Bears head coach Matt Rhule talks to his players during warmups before the Allstate Sugar Bowl against the Georgia Bulldogs on January 1, 2020 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Baylor Bears head coach Matt Rhule talks to his players during warmups before the Allstate Sugar Bowl against the Georgia Bulldogs on January 1, 2020 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana.
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In Rhule’s first season at Baylor, the The bears went 1-11 but he won 11 games in 2019 before jumping to the NFL.

At Temple, Rhule took the program from just two wins in his first year to back-to-back 10-win seasons in 2015 and 2016.

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