Auburn reportedly showed interest in former NFL coach
Matt Rhule is headed to Nebraska but Auburn reportedly had interest. The former Carolina Panthers coach reached an agreement with Nebraska on Saturday morning.
On3’s Steven Sipple is reporting that Rhule preferred a Nebraska team that hasn’t qualified for a bowl since 2016 over an Auburn squad that has a 9-year bowl streak.
Pete Thamel reporting Hugh Freeze to Auburn.
Nebraska gets Matt Rhule. I'm told Auburn showed interest in Rhule. Rhule favored Nebraska.
Pretty good work here by Trev Alberts.
— Steven Sipple (@steven_sipple) November 26, 2022
The 47-year-old Rhule will replace Scott Frost, who was fired after a 1-2 start this season. Rhule registered an 11-27 mark during his tenure with the Panthers. Rhule signed a 7-year, $62 million contract with the Panthers that Nebraska will have to negotiate the buyout details.
At the college level, Rhule has been more successful. Rhule has a 47-43 record between his stints at Temple and Baylor. Rhule has 3 10-plus win seasons in college, 2 at Temple (2015-16) and one at Baylor in 2019.
Cadillac Williams is the interim coach for Auburn, who will attempt to keep its bowl streak intact when they travel today to face in-state rival Alabama in the Iron Bowl.
Alabama leads the all-time series 48-37-1 vs. Auburn in the Iron Bowl. Alabama is riding a 2-game winning streak against Auburn. Alabama beat Auburn 24-22 in a 4OT thriller last season. Auburn’s last victory in the series was a 48-45 home win on Nov. 30, 2019.
The 87th Iron Bowl is set for a 3:30 p.m. ET kickoff (CBS).