Huskers cut ties with Joseph after assault charge

Huskers cut ties with Joseph after assault charge

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  • Associated Press

LINCOLN, Neb. — Mickey Joseph, Nebraska‘s interim football coach for nine games this season who was charged with felony assault, is no longer part of the Cornhuskers’ program, the athletic department announced Friday.

The department said in a statement it would have no additional comment.

Joseph is accused of putting his hands around a woman’s throat, pulling her hair and punching her during a domestic dispute Nov. 30, according to a police affidavit. Dec. 1, he was charged with assault by strangulation and suffocation.

He was put on administrative leave following his arrest. He denied that he had assaulted the woman and was placed on administrative leave. His next court appearance is Jan. 30.

Joseph was arrested two days after Matt Rhule was appointed as the team’s new coach. It was not clear if Joseph received severance. He was under contract through Dec. 31, 2023, and his annual salary was listed at $600,000. He could be fired for cause if found guilty of a misdemeanor, felony, or that impeded his ability to perform duties for the university. The university would not have the obligation to pay any remaining money if a firing is upheld.

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