Nebraska football interim head coach Mickey Joseph announced a couple of changes to the coaching staff as his work begins. One of those changes was naming offensive analyst Mike Cassano as the wide receivers coach.
Cassano does have experience with members of this coaching staff. He worked with Mark Whipple in 2015. That year, the passing game ranked 11th overall nationally.
Perhaps most interesting is his working relationship with Whipple, and how far back it stretches. He worked from 1998 to 2003 as the running backs coach or the Minutemen. The Minutemen won the Division I-AA title with Whipple as the head coach.
In addition to working with Whipple, he also has had stints at Georgia Tech in 2013, as well as serving the role of running backs coach for Miami in 2010.
This move to me makes a ton of sense. For one, he obviously has experience on the offensive side of the football. He’s been around the block in the collegiate football ranks, and has experience in terms of leading a capable offense.
Although his name may not be familiar to some, he is no slouch. In addition to just his coaching capabilities, he will also have a lot to work with on the offensive side the football. We have seen quite a bit this season just how dynamic the likes of Trey Palmer and Marcus Washington are.
With Whipple calling the shots on the offensive side of the ball now, he will be able to work with Cassano pretty closely. Obviously, success has followed this duo before, and I’m intrigued to see how this all plays out again. I like this move for Nebraska football as they look to salvage the rest of the season.
This is an audition period for Mickey Joseph as well as several others on the coaching staff right now. Cassano could benefit from a strong rest of the season with a talented group of wideouts.