LINCOLN, Nebraska (AP) — Mickey Joseph mistook his role as Nebraska’s interim head coach on Tuesday when he responded to reporters’ comments and questions about a standout high school player who recently committed to a contract with the Cornhuskers. .
Malachi Coleman, a four-star wide receiver for Lincoln East High, held an event Saturday to announce that he chose Nebraska over five other schools. He is the highest rated prospect in the state.
The first day he can sign the consent form is December 21st.
A reporter interrupted at the Huskers’ weekly press conference as Joseph was answering another question.
“You got Malachi Coleman this weekend,” said the reporter.
“I hadn’t answered that question yet,” said Joseph.
The reporter apologized and Joseph said: you are very nervous But no, yes, I got Malachi. “
Asked if he had spoken to Coleman since the announcement, Joseph said, “Well, he said six months ago he wasn’t coming.
Joseph was named interim coach on September 11. The same day, Scott Frost was sacked after the Huskers started 1-2 on him.
Joseph grinned immediately after making his comment and, as he walked out of the press conference, asked the physical education department media relations staff if he had made a mistake.
Spokesman Keith Mann wrote in an email to the Associated Press that Joseph contacted the school’s compliance office shortly after the press conference and informed staff of his comments.
According to Bylaw 220.127.116.11 of the 2022-23 NCAA Manual, an institution is “prohibited from commenting in any way on the likelihood that a prospective student-athlete will commit or sign with that institution.”
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