Mickey Joseph, the interim head coach for the Nebraska football team this season, was arrested Wednesday, November 30, on domestic assault and strangulation charges, according to Lincoln Police.

Not many details about the case have been revealed. Lincoln Police Department said in a release on Wednesday that they were dispatched on a domestic disturbance.

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“Upon concluding the investigation, Robert ‘Mickey’ Joseph, age 54 of Lincoln, was arrested at a separate location, for Strangulation and 3rd Degree Domestic Assault. He was lodged in the Lancaster County Jail,” the release stated.

A number of people were shocked after hearing about Joseph’s arrest. “The Mickey Joseph news is shocking. Awful. Terrible. Many things. But most of all, keep the victims in mind. Heart is broken for the Joseph family and those close to this situation,” one of them wrote on Twitter, while another said, “Yeah I just kinda knew that Mickey Joseph wasn’t the right choice to coach Nebraska moving forward. Felt like something bad was gonna happen.”

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Who is Mickey Joseph?

Mickey Joseph, who played quarterback at Nebraska from 1988-91, was named interim coach after Scott Frost was fired three games into the season. Since then, Nebraska has named Matt Rhule as its next head coach.  

The 54-year-old Joseph joined Nebraska this past season after coaching wide receivers and being the associate head coach at Louisiana State University.

“I was made aware of the charges against Coach Joseph and given the nature of the allegations and based on University policy he has been placed on administrative leave. We will have no additional comment at this time,” Nebraska athletic director Trev Alberts said in a statement.

It was unclear whether he would stay on Rhule’s staff for next season.