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New Husker assistant Booker's contract set through January
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New Husker assistant Booker's contract set through January

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Elevated to a full-time coaching role less than three months before the season, newest Husker assistant Scott Booker is starting with a short-term contract that runs through Jan. 31, 2018.

Tabbed to replace Bob Elliott, who stepped to the side due to personal reasons, Booker will coach the safeties and special teams with a beginning annual salary of $100,000, according to contract information obtained by the Journal Star. The contract was signed June 15.

Booker was originally hired by Nebraska earlier this year as an off-the-field special teams consultant, but spent the previous five years coaching special teams and tight ends at Notre Dame.

All of Nebraska's other full-time assistant coaches currently have deals through the 2018 season.

In January, Riley will also have the opportunity to add another full-time assistant, with the NCAA then allowing FBS schools to have 10 such coaches on staff. Grad assistant Tavita Thompson, who coaches Nebraska's tight ends, is thought to be a strong candidate for that post.

Reach the writer at 402-473-7439 or bchristopherson@journalstar.com. On Twitter @HuskerExtraBC.

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