HuskersIllustrated.com and 247Sports has learned that defensive backs coach Terry Joseph plans to leave Nebraska to take a similar position at Texas A&M.
Joseph arrived in College Station on Friday and met with Texas A&M head coach Kevin Sumlin on Saturday morning. Sources indicated that Joseph was offered the job Saturday morning, and planned to return to Lincoln to speak with Nebraska head coach Bo Pelini. Despite returning to Lincoln, Joseph is expected to accept A&M's offer.
Joseph would take over for Texas A&M defensive backs coach Marcel Yates, who left the program to take over the defensive coordinator job at Boise State.
Yates had been Texas A&M's area recruiter in the New Orleans area, and his departure left a big hole for the Aggies that would be immediately filled by Joseph, a native and former high school coach in the city. Yates made more than $300,000 in 2013, and Joseph, who was paid $245,000 in 2013 according to documents.
Joseph came to Nebraska from Tennessee, where he served as the defensive backs coach and recruiting coordinator. Prior to Tennessee he had also worked on staffs at Louisiana Tech, and with Bo Pelini at LSU. In his first year at Nebraska, Joseph's secondary helped Nebraska lead the nation in opponent pass completion percentage (47.1 percent), rank fourth in pass defense (168.2 yards allowed per game) and ninth in pass efficiency defense (105.32).
This past season, he helped usher big improvements from cornerback Stanley Jean-Baptiste, Ciante Evans and others. Nebraska will now be searching for its fourth defensive backs coach in the past five seasons.
Texas A&M is looking to turn around a defense that struggled throughout the year. The Aggies' defense finished 95th in the country in passing yards allowed, and 109th in the country in total defense.
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