LINCOLN, Neb., Jan. 9 (UPI) -- Bill Callahan, fired as coach of the Oakland Raiders on New Year's Eve, has been hired as football coach at the University of Nebraska.
Terms of his contract were not disclosed. The hiring concludes a prolonged search conducted by Athletic Director Steve Pederson, who was turned down by several candidates after firing Frank Solich on Nov. 29.
"Coach Callahan is a rare find," Pederson said. "As a Super Bowl coach, a top-level recruiter, and an experienced coach on the college level, he has all the success to continue the consistent
success that typifies Nebraska."
Callahan, 47, was fired by the Raiders after a disastrous 4-12 season. A year ago, however, he guided Oakland to its first Super Bowl appearance in 19 years.
Nebraska played for the national title following the 2001 season, but stumbled to 7-7 in 2002. Solich was fired despite a 9-3 record.