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Mickey Joseph, of Nebraska, was arrested on suspicion of assault

Mickey Joseph, of Nebraska, was arrested on suspicion of assault

Mickey Joseph, who served as head coach Nebraska Cornhuskers for nine games this season, was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of strangulation and third-degree domestic violence, the Lincoln Police Department said.

The Lincoln Police Department said officers were dispatched to the home on a domestic disturbance call. After an investigation, officers arrested Joseph, 54, at another location and booked him into the Lancaster County Jail.

Joseph was placed on administrative leave by Nebraska athletic director Trev Albert on Wednesday.

Joseph, a former Nebraska quarterback, was named interim coach after the Cornhawks fired Scott Frost on Sept. 11. Nebraska went 3-6 under Joseph before hiring the former Carolina Panthers coach Matt Rule to an an eight-year deal on Saturday as the program’s new head coach.

In Ruhl’s introductory news conference Monday, he credited Joseph and the Nebraska staff for the way they finished the season. Joseph’s amended contract after becoming interim head coach stated that he would return to his role as receivers coach, running back coordinator and assistant head coach if someone else was named the team’s permanent coach. The contract stated that Joseph would be owed a down payment if he was not retained without cause.

“Mickey did a fantastic job,” Rule said Monday. “Before that, I knew coach Joseph for some time, but not personally, but professionally. He’s a great recruiter and the players love him, so I’m really looking forward to meeting him and the rest of the staff.”

Prior to Nebraska, Joseph spent five years at LSU. He spent two seasons as the head coach at Langston University, an NAIA program.

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