Joseph takes away Blackshirts

Nebraska interim head coach Mickey Joseph takes away the Huskers' blackshirts, while seeking a "fresh start" to the season.
Published: Sep. 15, 2022 at 11:08 PM CDT|Updated: Sep. 16, 2022 at 9:44 AM CDT
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LINCOLN, Neb. (KOLN) - Nebraska interim head coach Mickey Joseph has temporarily taken away the Blackshirts. Joseph, who was promoted on Sunday, said he wants a “clean slate” for all players on the team. That includes the top defensive unit, which had been wearing the famed black practice jerseys.

“We talked about a new era starting,” Joseph said on the ‘Sports Nightly’ radio program. “Everyone has a clean slate. We’re 0-0. We’re going to practice and earn those Blackshirts. I’m confident they will get them back.”

Joseph said removing Blackshirts was not a result of the defense’s performance against Georgia Southern. The Huskers allowed 45 points and 642 yards in their Week 2 loss to the Eagles.

Nebraska hosts 6th-ranked Oklahoma on Saturday. The game is scheduled to kick off at 11 a.m. on FOX.