Mickey Joseph of Nebraska Was Detained on Charges of Assault


Mickey Joseph, the Nebraska Cornhuskers’ interim head coach for nine games this season, was arrested Wednesday on accusations of strangling and third-degree domestic abuse, according to the Lincoln Police Department.

Officers were summoned to a residence on a domestic disturbance report, according to the Lincoln Police Department. Officers detained Joseph, 54, at a separate location following an investigation and lodged him in the Lancaster County Jail.

Following the arrest, Nebraska athletic director Trev Alberts placed Joseph on administrative leave.

After the Cornhuskers fired Scott Frost on September 11, Joseph was named interim coach. Nebraska went 3-6 under Joseph and finished 4-8 before signing former Carolina Panthers coach Matt Rhule as the program’s new head coach on Saturday.

Rhule commended Joseph and Nebraska’s staff for how they finished the season during his inaugural news conference on Monday. If someone else was named the team’s permanent coach, Joseph’s contract indicated that he would return to his roles as wide receivers coach, passing game coordinator, and associate head coach.

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The contract stipulated that if Joseph was not retained without cause, he would be entitled to his original buyout.

Rhule had not stated whether or not Joseph will remain on his staff. Rhule declined to speak to The Associated Press Wednesday night through an athletic department official.

From 1988 to 1991, Joseph was the Cornhuskers’ quarterback. In September 1990, he was detained on charges of criminal mischief after shattering an exterior window and damaging an inner window while attempting to enter his girlfriend’s residence.

According to police reports, the girlfriend’s roommate informed officers that a domestic dispute had lasted several hours. Because of recalcitrant witnesses, no charges were filed in that instance.

In 1989, Joseph was arrested on accusations of drunken driving in Lincoln and suspended for one game.

Last December, Joseph returned to Nebraska. Prior to that, he worked for LSU for five years. He was the head coach at Langston University, an NAIA program, for two seasons.

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