Erik Chinander out as Nebraska DC, per report
Erik Chinander is reportedly being removed from his post in Lincoln after Nebraska surrendered 49 points in a blowout loss to Oklahoma.
According to college football insider Bruce Feldman, interim coach Mickey Joseph made the call following Week 3. Oklahoma piled up 580 yards of offense and 49 points in Saturday’s win.
According to Feldman, Bill Busch – the special teams coordinator entering 2022 – will take over at DC.
SOURCE: Erik Chinander is out as Nebraska’s defensive coordinator. Interim head coach Mickey Joseph made the change after the Huskers lost 49-14 to OU, allowing 580 yards. Bill Busch will become the new DC.
— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) September 18, 2022
The move by Joseph is certainly surprising. Following the loss to Oklahoma, Joseph shouldered the blame for the performance and admitted he had to be better as a coach. He also indicated he did not foresee any personnel changes, but it now looks like that has changed.
In the 2021 campaign, it was the Nebraska defense that was the bright spot for the team, but the same cannot be said so far in 2022. The team has given up 30+ points in 3 of 4 games and 40+ in the past two outings.
Against Georgia Southern, the Huskers gave up over 640 yards of offense and 45 points to the Eagles. Following that up by Oklahoma’s dismantling of the defense was apparently the last straw for Chinander.
We’ll see if any more changes are in store for Nebraska down the road.