Former Nebraska interim football coach Mickey Joseph arrested on domestic violence charges

Former Nebraska Cornhuskers football interim head coach Mickey Joseph has been arrested in Lincoln after he was involved in a "domestic disturbance" on Wednesday afternoon.

Mickey Joseph, who served as the interim head coach for the Cornhuskers for nine games this season, is facing charges of strangulation and third-degree domestic assault, according to a news release from the Lincoln Police Department.

He was booked at Lancaster County jail.

Joseph, 54, played quarterback for Nebraska from 1988–1991, where he rushed for 1,091 yards and 16 touchdowns, and passed for 909 yards and 14 touchdowns in his collegiate career.

He returned to his alma mater in December 2021 as an associate head coach following a five-year stint on LSU's staff. Joseph was promoted to Nebraska's interim head coach after Scott Frost was fired in September, becoming the first Black head coach at Nebraska, interim or permanent, in any sport.

NEBRASKA FOOTBALL announces hiring of Matt Rhule as its next football coach

Nebraska head coach Mickey Joseph cheers after a touchdown against Purdue during the first half of an NCAA college football game in West Lafayette, Ind., Saturday, Oct. 15, 2022. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
Nebraska head coach Mickey Joseph cheers after a touchdown against Purdue during the first half of an NCAA college football game in West Lafayette, Ind., Saturday, Oct. 15, 2022. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

The Cornhuskers went 3-6 under Joseph, including last week's 24-17 win over Iowa, which ended the program's five-game losing streak. Nebraska finished 4-8 on the season, the program's sixth consecutive losing season.

Although Joseph expressed his desire to drop the interim tag, Nebraska named former Baylor and Carolina Panthers coach Matt Rhule as its next football coach. Joseph would return to the coaching staff in his previous role, but his future with the team is now unclear.

Nebraska athletic director Trev Alberts said Joseph has been placed on "administrative leave."

"I was made aware of the charges against Coach Joseph and given the nature of the allegations and based on university policy, he has been places on administrative leave. We will have no additional comment at this time," Alberts said in a statement to The Athletic.

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Mickey Joseph, ex-Nebraska interim football coach, arrested in Lincoln