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Nebraska hires ex-Panthers head coach Matt Rhule



CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WJZY) — The Nebraska Cornhuskers have hired fired Panthers head coach Matt Rhule, the university announced Saturday.

“It is a privilege to welcome Coach Matt Rhule, his wife Julie, and their family to Nebraska,” the athletic director said. “Coach Rhule has created a winning culture throughout his coaching career, and he will provide great leadership for the young men in our football program. Matt is detail-oriented, his teams are disciplined and play a physical brand of football. Matt also has the personality and relationship-building skills to build a great staff and excel in recruiting.”

Rhule has been out of work less than two months since getting fired five games into his third season with the Panthers.

“It is a tremendous honor to be chosen to lead the Nebraska Football program,” Rhule said. “When you think of great, tradition-rich programs in college football Nebraska is right at the top of the list.  The fan base is second to none, and I consider it a privilege to have the opportunity to coach in Memorial Stadium on Tom Osborne Field. My family and I are so grateful to become a part of the Husker Family, and we can’t wait to get started.”

He was 11-27 with Carolina and left with about $40 million remaining on the seven-year, guaranteed $62 million contract he signed in 2020. According to Forbes, the contract made Rhule the sixth-highest-paid coach in the NFL when he signed in 2020.

The Associated Press contributed to this article.

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