Days after Nebraska hired Matt Rhule to be their next football coach, former Nebraska interim coach Mickey Joseph was arrested. The arrest took place on Wednesday following a domestic disturbance call, according to Lincoln Police records show.
Joseph was arrested and now faces counts of strangulation and third-degree domestic assault, which is a misdemeanor in Nebraska. Joseph’s contract allows him to stay on as associate head coach and receivers coach under Rhule, but of course, the arrest could ultimately complicate things for Joseph and his future in Lincoln.
Joseph’s time in Lincoln dates back to his days when he played quarterback for Nebraska under Tom Osborne. He had a lengthy career as an assistant in the Southeast, including stops at Grambling State, Tulane and Alcorn State. He was hired as receivers coach at LSU in 2017 and served in the role on the 2019-20 LSU staff, coaching Justin Jefferson and Ja’Marr Chase to a national championship.
Nebraska hired Joseph in 2022 as receivers coach, passing game coordinator and associate head coach to help Scott Frost’s offense. But Frost was fired after a 1-2 start and Joseph took over as interim coach, leading the team to a 3-6 record.
“I was made aware of the charges against Coach Joseph and given the nature of the allegations and based on University policy, he has been placed on administrative leave,” said Nebraska athletic director Trev Alberts in a statement. “We will have no additional comment at this time.”
Nebraska has not been to a bowl game since 2016.