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Job posting says there’s additional opening on Pelini’s staff

With rumors swirling that a significant shakeup could be in the offing for Bo Pelini, Marvin Sanders was the first coaching shoe to drop when he resigned his position as Nebraska’s secondary coach Thursday. Now, it appears there is a new opening on the other side of the ball as well.

Thanks to a very alert reader, we have been made aware of a listing that appears on the university’s job openings page. The listing, posted today and with an application review date of 2-17, says that the school is looking for an “Assistant Coach-Football” and contains the following description of the work that will be required of any potential applicant:

Responsible for offensive game preparation, on-field strategies and game tactics. Conduct student-athlete recruiting, monitor academic progress of current student athletes and provide instruction to team in the execution of offensive schemes and techniques.

There is also the mention of the minimum qualifications needed in order to be considered as a candidate.

Bachelor’s plus three years successful collegiate coaching experience required; equivalency. Demonstrated ability to recruit national-level student athletes necessary. Must have knowledge and commitment to NCAA,Conference, and University regulations. Excellent interpersonal/organizational skills essential.

Oh, and in case anyone was interested in applying, the salary is negotiable.

Nowhere in the listing, however, was there any mention of the specific position that’s come open. Offensive coordinator Shawn Watson and wide receivers coach Ted Gilmore were two of the three assistants who did not appear as expected at a post-signing day dinner. The third? Sanders.

Their absences fueled rumors that they could be on the outs at the school, and now it appears that at least one of the offensive assistants is indeed out. Which one remains to be seen.

“Responsible for offensive game preparation, on-field strategies and game tactics” certainly sounds like a description of a coordinator’s responsibilities, though, doesn’t it? We’ve yet to get a response to an email seeking comment from the school on this latest development.