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Nebraska DBs coach Joseph strongly considering offer from A&M
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Nebraska DBs coach Joseph strongly considering offer from A&M

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Nebraska vs. Ohio State, 10.6.12

Nebraska secondary coach Terry Joseph watches the warmups on the field prior to the start of the game against Ohio State at Ohio Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 6, 2012.

Terry Joseph said no deal has been cemented yet, but he left College Station, Texas, on Saturday with an offer to coach Texas A&M’s defensive backs.

The Husker assistant hopes to have a decision made by Sunday night after talking to NU head coach Bo Pelini, and hopefully athletic director Shawn Eichorst, in the afternoon.

"It's not a done deal," Joseph told the Journal Star on Saturday. "They offered me the job. It's a lot of money, but I told Bo I would come back and talk to him before I took the job.

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"Now, if you say, 'It's a lot of money and Nebraska isn't going to match it'? Then, yeah, it's a done deal, because that's what it comes down to, getting my contract extended and me getting a lot of money."

Joseph had a base salary of $245,000 as Nebraska's secondary coach in 2013. Marcel Yates, who was working with the Aggies' secondary and was also a co-defensive coordinator, was making more than $300,000 this past year. Yates has taken a job as Boise State's defensive coordinator.

Regardless of what happens, the two-year Husker assistant said he would like to have the decision finalized by Sunday.

"Because, obviously, it's holding a lot of people up right now, so I'll try to get it tapered down here pretty quick," he said.

The Huskers have had a bit of a revolving door with secondary coaches. Three coaches have worked with Nebraska's defensive backs during the past four years: Marvin Sanders in 2010, Corey Raymond in 2011, and Joseph for the past two seasons.

The Nebraska secondary ranked among the best in the country in a few different areas during Joseph’s first year in Lincoln, ranking fourth in pass defense and ninth in pass-efficiency defense. The Huskers also held teams to a season-low completion percentage (47.1) in 2012.

The Huskers ranked 33rd in pass defense this past season, giving up an average of 214.6 yards a game, with defensive backs Stanley Jean-Baptiste and Ciante Evans earning first- or second-team All-Big Ten honors.

The Aggies would definitely take those numbers right now. Texas A&M was 95th in pass defense and 109th in total defense this season.

​Reach Brian Christopherson at bchristopherson@journalstar.com or 402-473-7439. Follow him on Twitter @HuskerExtraBC.

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