Matt Rhule was an absolute disaster as head coach of the Carolina Panthers. So much so, he was fired after five games into the 2022 NFL season with a record of 1-4 and coming off of a 37-15 drubbing by the San Francisco 49ers. It wasn’t soon after his dismissal in Carolina that the rumor mill went into gear as his name began to circulate as to where he might end up next.
Rhule, who left Baylor after the 2019 season for a shot to coach in the NFL, returns to the college sidelines as the new head coach for the Nebraska Cornhuskers. For both Nebraska and for Rhule, it’s a much needed fresh start.
The future is bright in Lincoln.
— Nebraska Football (@HuskerFBNation) November 26, 2022
It’s been a rough time in Lincoln, NB. Scott Frost had been seen as the former Cornhusker legend returning to get Nebraska off the mat and back to college football prominence. As a quarterback, he led them to a share of the 1997 National Championship. He was successful at UCF, where he led the Knights to a 19-7 record. The problem for Frost is that success in Orlando never transferred to Lincoln.
Scott Frost fired at Nebraska.
Given the excitement when he was hired, it’s hard to fathom the program is at this point.
Nebraska is a difficult job. But it’s not as difficult as he made it look. #huskers
— Matt Schick (@ESPN_Schick) September 11, 2022
Matt Rhule now is tasked with turning it around in Nebraska. From 2013 to 2016, he led the Temple Owls to an overall record of 28-23, and then went 19-20 in Waco, TX for the Baylor Bears. In five seasons under Scott Frost, the Cornhuskers posted a 16-31 overall record and a conference record of 10-26. Rhule now gets his opportunity in the Big Ten, and at a college football program once a powerhouse on the national stage.