LINCOLN — Bob Elliott last month lauded Nebraska’s hiring of Bob Diaco as defensive coordinator. Elliott now might be among the candidates to join him on the Husker staff.
The Notre Dame assistant was expected to meet Tuesday with NU head coach Mike Riley, according to a person close to the situation.
Nebraska is looking for a safeties coach, the position opened when Brian Stewart left to become defensive coordinator at Rice. Riley acknowledged last week that former NU star Daniel Bullocks was the first to interview, but it is not known if other candidates are involved.
Elliott did not immediately respond to a text Tuesday night.
Elliott worked the last two seasons as a special assistant to head coach Brian Kelly at Notre Dame. In 2012 and ’13, he coached the safeties when Diaco was the Fighting Irish defensive coordinator, before Diaco became head coach at Connecticut.
The Elliott-Diaco connection goes back to the 1990s. Elliott was an Iowa assistant when Diaco played linebacker there, then was the Hawkeyes’ coordinator when Diaco was a graduate assistant in 1996 and ’97.
After Diaco agreed to take the Husker job last month, Elliott told The World-Herald that “Nebraska is getting maybe the best defensive coordinator in the country, in my opinion anyway.”
“He has a plan, and his personality and intensity is irresistible,” Elliott said. “I think the guys on the team are going to really enjoy playing for him. Great motivator, great energy, and they’ll have fun playing for him, too. He makes sure that’s part of the deal.”
Elliott is from Iowa City and played at Iowa from 1972 to ’75. Since 2000, Elliott also has coached at Iowa State, Kansas State and San Diego State.