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Former Husker coach Callahan named interim head coach in NFL

Former Husker coach Callahan named interim head coach in NFL

Bill Callahan

Ex-Husker coach Bill Callahan was named the interim head coach of Washington after the NFL franchise fired Jay Gruden on Monday.

Bill Callahan is again an NFL head coach. 

The former Nebraska head coach was named the interim head coach of Washington after the franchise fired Jay Gruden early Monday morning. 

This will be Callahan's second stint in charge of an NFL team, but first since he led the Oakland Raiders in 2002-03. It was after that, of course, that Callahan came to Lincoln and was the head coach of the Huskers from 2004-07, when he was fired and replaced by Bo Pelini. 

Callahan had been the offensive line coach in Washington since 2015 and has also had stops with the New York Jets and Dallas Cowboys since being fired at Nebraska, but this is the first time he's been in charge of a team since his days in Lincoln ended. 

None of the six coaches hired since Washington owner Dan Snyder bought the team has a winning record, including Hall of Famer Joe Gibbs and two-time Super Bowl champion Mike Shanahan.

"This is different territory for me," Callahan said. "It's bittersweet in a lot of ways. I had to replace a veteran coach in Jay and then to be asked to lead a program now in Week 6, it's uncharted waters for me."

Photos: Husker coaches on the sidelines

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Parker joined the Journal Star as the University of Nebraska football beat writer in August 2017. He previously covered Montana State athletics for the Bozeman Daily Chronicle and graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 2012.

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