With a little over a month until summer camp kicks off, Mike Riley has been forced to tweak his Nebraska coaching staff.
The Cornhuskers announced that, because of unspecified personal reasons, Bob Elliott will not be able to perform his on-field duties as safeties coach for the Cornhuskers. Instead, he’ll slide into an off-field role as a defensive analyst.
With the 63-year-old Elliott out, NU announced the promotion of the recently-hired Scott Booker to take his place. In addition to his duties as safeties coach, Booker will also serve as special teams coach for the Cornhuskers.
Booker has spent 14 years of his coaching career at the FBS level, most recently at Notre Dame from 2010-16. The last five years, Booker held titles of special teams coordinator and tight ends coach. In March, he was hired by Riley as a special teams consultant.
Elliott, who beat a rare form of blood cancer nearly two decades ago and had to receive a kidney transplant earlier this decade, was hired in February.
“We are sorry to see Bob Elliott leave our full-time on-field staff,” Riley said in a statement. “Bob is a wonderful man and a great football coach and he has built a great rapport with our staff and the players in our program. We respect Bob’s decision and we are confident that he will continue to have a positive impact on our program. …
“It’s an unusual time to make a coaching hire. But we are fortunate that Scott worked with our staff this past spring and brings great experience and energy to our program. We are confident that he will add to our program as a coach, teacher and recruiter.”