As the start of spring practice rapidly approaches, Bo Pelini acted quickly to name a new defensive backs coach for Nebraska.
According to multiple reports, Pelini has hired Tennessee secondary coach Terry Joseph for the same post with the Huskers. Joseph replaces Corey Raymond, who left this week to become LSU's secondary coach. Raymond spent only one season at Nebraska.
Joseph actually was in the mix for the LSU job as well. He's the seventh Tennessee assistant to depart the program since the end of the 2011 season. Here's his Tennessee bio.
Joseph has ties to both Pelini and to Nebraska, having served as a graduate assistant at LSU while Pelini worked as Tigers defensive coordinator. He's also the cousin of former Nebraska quarterback Mickey Joseph.
Terry Joseph, who also served as Tennessee's recruiting coordinator, would only have worked with the team's safeties had he stayed with the Vols. Nebraska seems like a much better -- and more stable -- gig for him.
Joseph's secondary helped Tennessee record 18 interceptions in 2010, but the Vols had only nine in 2011. Tennessee ranked 12th nationally in pass defense last fall.
Not a bad hire for Pelini, especially under the circumstances, with Raymond leaving so late. Nebraska opens spring practice March 10.