LINCOLN, Neb., Jan. 12 (UPI) -- Nebraska's coaching overhaul continued Sunday when long-time assistants Milt Tenopir and Dan Young announced their retirements.
The news came on the heels of Saturday's Omaha World-Herald report that stated Tenopir would not be a part of coach Frank Solich's staff next season.
According to the report, former New Mexico State offensive coordinator Barney Cotton will take over that job and and coach the line for Nebraska. Solich removed himself as coordinator following a 7-7 season, the program's worst in 41 years.
Tenopir had been offensive line coach the past 29 years. Young spent the last 17 seasons of his 20-year stint assisting Tenopir and working with the kickers.
The Cornhuskers also are seeking a replacement for secondary coach George Darlington, who just completed his 30th season with the school. Solich also replaced defensive coordinator Craig Bohl with Bo Pelini.
Despite the published report, Tenopir cited ongoing ankle problems and other health concerns for his resignation. His linemen earned 25 All-America honors and led the way to 13 NCAA rushing titles.
"I want to thank the university, Coach Tom Osborne and Coach Frank Solich for the past 29 years," he said. "I will miss the relationships with the kids the most."
Like the past 17 years, Young was side-by-side with Tenopir at Sunday's news conference. He said he is looking forward to a more laid-back style of living.
"It's been a great ride," he said. "I feel we have accomplished a lot of positive things over the years. Our special teams have come a long way, and being part of three national championships was very special."