Ex-Nebraska Football Interim Head Coach Mickey Joseph Arrested

Written by Tony Ghaul

Mickey Joseph, ex-Nebraska football interim head coach, has been arrested for suspicion of third-degree domestic assault and strangulation just days after the university named Matt Rhule their next head coach, according to Eric Olson of the Associated Press.

Police said officers were sent to a residence after reports of a domestic disturbance at 1:54 p.m. on Wednesday. After concluding an investigation, the 54-year-old was arrested “at a separate location.” He was lodged in the Lancaster County Jail.

The police said in a statement, “While the Lincoln Police Department does not normally provide a news release for a domestic-related arrest, due to the high-profile nature of the person involved and, in an effort, to provide transparency on an arrest involving a public figure, notification of the arrest is being made.”

Joseph coached the final nine games of Nebraska football’s season after Scott Frost was fired. He was commended for the job he did by Nebraska athletic director Trev Alberts. New Head Coach Rhule had told the media he would be speaking to Joseph about a possible return on the coaching staff. He reportedly declined to comment on Wednesday.

Lincoln Police Department photo

Joseph has a checkered past, which includes a September 1990 arrest from suspected criminal mischief as well as a suspected drunken driving arrest in 1989, during his playing days at Nebraska.

Alberts said in a statement that Mickey Joseph has been placed on administrative leave.

Nebraska Football Interim HC Mickey Joseph. Photo courtsey of Bleacher Report

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