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Matt Rhule Says He Took 'Secret Trip' To Nebraska Before Accepting Job

Matt Rhule

Matt Rhule

Matt Rhule's hiring with the Nebraska Cornhuskers may have seemed like a poorly kept secret at times, but the former Carolina Panthers coach did everything in his power to remain discreet.

In a feature published Thursday from The Athletic, Rhule detailed his process of joining Nebraska. This journey involved unorthodox measures, including going undercover in Lincoln.

Donning his best disguise- specifically, a hat and sunglasses- Rhule expressed disbelief that he wasn't spotted during the trip. 

According to Mitch Sherman of The Athletic, Rhule and his wife Julie made the visit on Oct 29. Having assessed the campus and gauging the temperament of the football program, Rhule came away thinking that "greatness" was in store for the Cornhuskers.

Rhule was careful in his covert mission to Nebraska's campus, making no mention of the trip on social media. In fact, Rhule hadn't tweeted in more than a year before he'd been inked to the Cornhuskers. If it's any indication of his enthusiasm, Rhule has taken to social media several times over the last week to express his eagerness for the new season. 

Though Rhule's head coaching tenure at the professional level was checkered, with a cumulative 11-27 mark for the Panthers, his collegiate accomplishments are widely respected. Rhule began tenures with the Temple Owls and Baylor Bears with losing, rebuilding seasons, but finished his time on each campus having rebuilt each team into a winner.