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Matt Rhule Reportedly Selects Nebraska's New Defensive Coordinator

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There's a new Rhule-r in Nebraska.

And he just hired his new defensive coordinator.

Newly-hired Nebraska coach Matt Rhule is reportedly hiring Syracuse defensive coordinator Tony White to manage the defensive side of the ball.

White spent three seasons as Syracuse's defensive coordinator. The Orange ranked 29th in total defense this season, allowing an average of 338.1 yards per game.

In 2021, Syracuse held opponents to 330 yards per game, which ranked 19th nationally and second in the ACC.

The 57-year-old previously coached at UCLA (graduate assistant), New Mexico (linebackers), San Diego State (cornerbacks and recruiting coordinator), Arizona State (cornerbacks and defensive passing game coordinator) and Syracuse (defensive coordinator and linebackers).

Rhule's right- and left-hand-mans are now set, as Rhule previously poached Marcus Satterfield away from South Carolina to join Nebraska as its offensive coordinator. 

The Cornhuskers were 4-8 overall and sixth in the Big Ten West, behind only Northwestern. The last time the team played in a bowl game was in the 2016 postseason in the Music City Bowl, where it lost 38-24 to Tennessee.

With Kansas making a bowl game this year, every Power 5 program has been to a bowl game since 2017 except for Nebraska.

Nebraska opens its season at Minnesota on Aug. 31, 2023.