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