LINCOLN, Neb. – Nebraska is expected to name former Connecticut head coach and former Notre Dame defensive coordinator Bob Diaco to be its next defensive coordinator, according to multiple outlets.
Diaco was in Lincoln on Thursday to interview.
He was recently fired by Connecticut after the Huskies went 11-26 in three seasons. Before his first head coaching job, Diaco had been the defensive coordinator at Notre Dame from 2010-13.
Diaco’s defense lifted Notre Dame to the national championship game in 2012 against Alabama after having allowed just two rushing touchdowns the entire season. That defense was also ranked first in scoring defense, red-zone touchdowns allowed, passing yards per completion and ranked sixth in total defense.
Diaco’s received the Broyles Award, given to the top assistant coach in the country.
In 2012, Diaco was responsible for landing Jaylon Smith, the No. 2 recruit in the country at the time. Later, Smith was the No. 34 overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft. Diaco is also responsible for signing eight 4-star recruits to Notre Dame over the course of his three years in South Bend, Ind.
Diaco was rumored to be a candidate for the Arkansas defensive coordinator position, but Land of 10 sources indicated he was just there to advise the Razorbacks on a 3-4 defense, not to interview for a job.
Diaco will instead bring that 3-4 defense to Lincoln, Neb.