Mickey Joseph, who served as Nebraska’s interim head coach for the majority of the 2022 season, was arrested on Wednesday.
Joseph was arrested Wednesday afternoon for suspicion of strangulation and third-degree domestic assault, the Lincoln Police Department said. Officers responded to a domestic disturbance at a Lincoln residence just before 2 p.m. Wednesday. Joseph was taken into custody and lodged at the Lancaster County Jail, police said.
As a result of the arrest, Joseph has been placed on administrative leave by Nebraska.
“I was made aware of the charges against Coach Joseph and given the nature of the allegations and based on university police he has been placed on administrative leave,” Nebraska athletic director Trev Alberts said. “We will have no additional comment at this time.”
Joseph, 54, is a Nebraska alum who was elevated to interim head coach after the firing of Scott Frost. The Huskers went 3-6 under Joseph, capped off by a road upset over Iowa last Friday.
Nebraska has since hired Matt Rhule as its new head coach. Joseph's contract after he became interim head coach said he would return to his role as wide receivers coach and associate head coach if he was not officially promoted to head coach. It’s unclear if Joseph planned to be a part of Rhule’s new staff with the Huskers or if he wanted to pursue other opportunities.
Joseph played quarterback at Nebraska under Tom Osborne from 1988 to 1991 before beginning his coaching career. Among his many stops was a stint as the wide receivers coach for LSU during its run to the national championship in 2019.