Reports surfacing out of Nebraska circles last week named Matt Rhule a frontrunner for the open Cornhuskers head coaching position.
Per an On3Sports column posted by Jesse Simonten on November 16th, Rhule was apparently "the most discussed name around Nebraska’s search to replace Scott Frost."
According to a new CBS Sports article this morning, however, it appears Rhule has taken his name out of consideration for the Cornhuskers' open head coaching role.
While not officially verified, the CBS Sports piece noted that several sources received word that Rhule turned down Nebraska over the weekend.
The timing of Rhule's declination is certainly interesting given the comments he made on The 33rd Team with Vic Carucci yesterday.
When asked about his life after the Carolina Panthers, Rhule said "as I sit here now, I miss that whistle. I miss being at practice. I miss being with the guys. I miss seeing something done wrong and, ‘Hey, let’s stop it and do it again.’ I miss teaching.”
Though Rhule seems ready to be back on the sidelines, it doesn't look like it'll be for the Nebraska Cornhuskers. As the CBS Sports story points out, perhaps Rhule is just at the stage of his career where he doesn't want to settle.
Rhule's first two collegiate head coaching jobs came at Baylor and Temple.
Both teams were bottom feeders until Rhule turned each program around and with Nebraska reeling from a disastrous Scott Frost era, whoever takes over in Lincoln will have a lot of work to do.
Other schools linked to Rhule include Wisconsin, Georgia Tech and Arizona State. As the college football season wraps up over the next few weeks, keep an eye on where Matt Rhule's name starts trending.