Matt Rhule was officially introduced as Nebraska’s football coach this afternoon inside the Hawks Championship Center. In making the introduction, NU athletic director Trev Alberts called it a great day for Nebraska’s football program.
On why he took the job: “Because this is the right fit….it’s the right time,” Rhule said. “If I have one message for you, we can absolutely do it. We can absolutely get University of Nebraska football where it’s supposed to be. It will be hard, it may take time, but it will be done.”
Rhule said he expects players to be tough, work hard and compete, adding he wants to build an “old-school type” of physical team. “We want to have fast players, explosive players, we want to have speed, we want to have great quarterback play,” Rhule said. “But, at the end of the day, through the weight room and recruiting, we want to have a physical team that can control the line of scrimmage and control the game.”
The eight-year contract the 47-year old Rhule signed with Nebraska was revealed to be worth $74 million. That will make him the third-highest paid coach in the Big Ten behind Ohio State’s Ryan Day and Michigan State’s Mel Tucker.