Mikey Joseph, who served as Nebraska’s interim head football coach this season, was arrested Wednesday afternoon on charges of third-degree assault by strangulation and domestic violence, police said.
The Lincoln Police Department said in a statement on social media that Joseph was taken into custody after officers responded to a domestic dispute around 2 p.m. local time.
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After officers completed their investigation, police said he was arrested on the charges.
Joseph was Nebraska’s interim head coach for most of that season until the university hired Matt Rowell as their head coach.
“I was made aware of the allegations against Coach Joseph and given the nature of the allegations and based on university policy, he has been placed on administrative leave.” Nebraska athletic director Trev Alberts said Wednesday. “We will have no additional comment at this time.”
No further details about the incident have been released.
The 54-year-old was originally hired by the school as wide receivers coach, associate head coach, and passing game coordinator, but was tagged as interim head coach on Sept. 11 after Scott Frost was fired.
There was a clause in his restructured contract that would have allowed him to return to his role as associate head coach, but it has not yet been formally exercised. Rowell has not said whether he will keep Joseph on his staff.
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Joseph was the quarterback for the Cornhuskers for 32 games between 1988 and 1991, but struggled on the stat sheet and was unable to stay healthy for most of his time at the school.
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Nebraska went 2-6 while Joseph was head coach.