Nebraska, Matt Rhule Reportedly 'Negotiating,' But Major Detail Still Looms

Nebraska has reportedly "zeroed in" on Matt Rhule and could make him the program's next head coach in the coming days.

One day after the Rhule-to-Nebraska rumors began to heat up, two new reports emerged Friday afternoon linking the former Baylor and Carolina Panthers' head coach to the Cornhuskers.

Nebraska is set to face Iowa at 4 p.m. Friday.

Matt Rhule needs to iron out contract with Nebraska, Panthers

It certainly appears Rhule already has one foot in the Nebraska door.

Multiple reports surfaced Thursday linking the two, and the situation now appears to be picking up steam. reported Rhule is “back in play” for the Cornhuskers, reported the announcement could come as soon as Friday and the Lincoln Journal Star claimed university employees have been told to prepare to host high profile boosters and Nebraska officials on as little as a 24-hour warning.

Combine all of that with the latest news, and this feels like way more than just smoke.

Of course, as Pete Thamel points out, there is some ironing out to do first - specifically with Rhule's former team, the Carolina Panthers.

First and foremost, the Panthers - who fired Rhule last month after a 1-4 start - still owe the 47-year-old coach $34 million. Rhule was less than three seasons into his seven-year, $62 million deal with the Panthers at the time of his firing.

If Rhule were to sign with Nebraska, he would be replacing Scott Frost, who was fired earlier this season after going 16-32 during his tenure.

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