According to a report from the Omaha World-Herald, Nebraska Head Coach Mike Riley interviewed Notre Dame front office staffer Bob Elliott, who was a linebackers and safeties coach for Notre Dame from 2012-2014.
Elliott, who moved into the AD part of the Notre Dame program as a “special assistant to the Head Coach” before last season, has been a defensive coach almost through his entire time in Division 1A Football.
A former Defensive Back at Iowa from 1972-1975, Elliott has been a Defensive Coordinator with the Hawkeyes, San Diego State and Kansas State. He was with the Wildcats from 2002-05, going 2-1 against the Huskers during his time there.
Elliott was also coach of the Iowa State secondary for the 2010 and 2011 seasons under Paul Rhoads, which included the final game for the Cyclones and Huskers in the Big 12 series, a 31-30 overtime win for Nebraska.
The connection would make sense in more ways than one. Current Nebraska Defensive Coordinator Bob Diaco had Elliott on his staff at Notre Dame. Also, when Diaco was playing and was a grad assistant at Iowa, he would have been under Elliott as he was the Defensive Coordinator for the Hawkeyes in the 1996 and 1997 seasons.
Nebraska is still looking to fill the ninth assistant position that opened up when Brian Stewart left the program to take the Rice Defensive Coordinator job.