Nebraska fires defensive coordinator Erik Chinander after embarrassing latest loss

Nebraska fires defensive coordinator Erik Chinander after embarrassing latest loss
Nebraska fires defensive coordinator Erik Chinander after embarrassing latest loss

Nebraska is making another change.

Huskers interim head coach Mickey Joseph announced Sunday that defensive coordinator Erik Chinander has been fired. The move comes a day after Nebraska was eliminated 49-14 by Oklahoma to fall to 1-3 on the year.

The previous week, the Huskers lost 45-42 to Georgia Southern, giving up 642 rushing yards in the process. This loss resulted in the dismissal of head coach Scott Frost.

With Chinander also out, Joseph named Bill Busch defensive coordinator for the remainder of the season.

“We appreciate Erik and the work and dedication he has put into our football program,” Joseph said in a statement. “At this time, I believe it is in the best interest of the Nebraska football program to take over the leadership of the defense in another direction and I have decided that Bill Busch will take over as defensive coordinator.”

Nebraska defensive coordinator Erik Chinander walks around during warmups before playing against North Dakota in the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday Sept. 3, 2022 in Lincoln, Neb. (AP Photo/Rebecca S. Gratz)

Chander came to Lincoln with Frost from UCF five years ago and was part of a team tasked with rebuilding the Nebraska program. Under Frost’s leadership, the program had four straight losing seasons, but it was brought back for the 2022 campaign. It only lasted three games as Frost was fired last weekend.

The Frost era was mired in tight losses, including a 3-9 record in 2021 that included an 0-8 mark in single-scored games. In many of these contests, it was Chinander’s defense that kept the team competitive.

This year, however, was a different story. In four games, the Huskers are giving up an average of 514 yards per game – the fourth-worst mark in the nation. Nebraska is also giving up 35.5 points per game, which ranks them 114th out of 131 FBS teams.

With school management in the early stages of a coaching search, Joseph is looking for answers on the pitch with eight more games to play this season. The Huskers have a bye next week before hosting Indiana on Oct. 1.

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