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Mickey Joseph and Huskers address Nebraska's coaching search ahead of Iowa game

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LINCOLN — Colton Feist laughed. Of course the question has trickled to him. Inquiring minds want to know who the next Nebraska football coach will be, and some figure Feist, as a Husker defensive lineman, has a pretty good idea. So they ask him.

“Too much,” Feist said. “Too much. Everybody thinks they know stuff. They want to know stuff, they don’t know stuff.”

Neither does he, for the record. Not more than you do. At least his family doesn’t ask; they have enough sense, Feist said Tuesday, to know that if Feist knew, he’d tell them. It’s more “outside people trying to get the scoop on everything.” Friends. Classmates.

“It’s a pretty common question,” Feist said. “It gets a little annoying.”

Yet the matter looms heavily before NU’s Black Friday game against Iowa. The 3-8 Huskers end their season in Iowa City and have one quiet week before the transfer portal opens and the final recruiting sprint toward December signing day begins.

In that week, Nebraska is almost certain to have a new head coach. The identity of the guy hasn’t leaked yet, and the Huskers had no immediate plans to make an announcement Tuesday. Given the Thanksgiving holiday, and Friday’s game, the likelihood of announcing a new coach appears slim until this week.

Interim coach Mickey Joseph — a candidate for the permanent job — hasn’t talked to Athletic Director Trev Alberts about it, either. Joseph knows exactly what he’s doing through Friday night.

After that?

“I’m going to be on my couch, waiting for a phone call,” Joseph said. “OK? To be real with you. I’m going to be on my couch. I’m going to coach them up until Friday, Saturday I’m going to spend with my family and Sunday I’ll probably come in here and get some things done. But until we hear anything, everybody’s going to take some time away.”

Freshman linebacker Ernest Hausmann — one of the key pieces for the future — said he’d be lying to suggest he never discusses the matter with teammates.

“But you’ve just got to control what you control, and you’ve just got to do what you can do,” Hausmann said. “We have a game on Friday, so all attention is on Iowa.”

Quarterback Casey Thompson told the team’s leadership council on Monday to enjoy the fact that Friday represents the last time this specific 2022 team will take the field. After Friday, no matter who comes back — Thompson is mum about his plans — it’ll be a different team, likely led by a different coach.

Feist, who also has not decided whether he’d come back for 2023, knows what lies ahead.

“Each person will have to, you know, talk with their family, talk with the new coach, stuff like that,” Feist said. “Personally, I’ll look forward to that, to make my decision. But Iowa’s what’s at stake. We’ll have time after the season to digest all that stuff.”

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