2004: Joe Dailey

Joe Dailey's debut in 2004 was also the debut of the Bill Callahan era.

A former Nebraska quarterback is reportedly taking the offensive reins at New Mexico.

The Albuquerque Journal reported Saturday that Joe Dailey is set to become the Lobos' offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach after a long stint working for Turner Gill at Liberty.

Dailey, who started for the Huskers in 2004 but transferred in the spring of 2005 when he tumbled down the depth chart, had worked with Gill at Liberty since 2012 and spent the last three seasons as the coordinator there. Gill, of course, retired after the 2018 season.

At UNM, Dailey will work under head coach Bob Davie, who has been at the school since 2012.

After the 2004 season here, Dailey saw NU bring in junior college quarterback Zac Taylor — who ultimately won the starting job for 2005 and 2006 — and also fell behind Beau Davis and Joe Ganz.

That group has become quite the set of coaches in the years since their days playing for Bill Callahan. Taylor is reportedly set to become the head coach of the Cincinnati Bengals once the Los Angeles Rams' — where he is currently the quarterbacks coach — season is over, while Ganz is the quarterbacks coach at Youngstown State.

Carl Pelini to YSU: In other coaching news, Carl Pelini is leaving Bowling Green to reunite with Bo Pelini at Youngstown State.

Football Scoop reported earlier Saturday that Carl will be the defensive coordinator for his brother and may have a specific agreement in place that he will be the next head coach if Bo leaves YSU.

The timing is interesting in part because February marks the end of Nebraska's monthly payments to Bo Pelini after he was fired in 2014.

Contact the writer at pgabriel@journalstar.com or 402-473-7439. On Twitter @HuskerExtraPG.


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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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