Big Red Report has confirmed the Nebraska Cornhuskers have hired a new secondary coach to replace the departing Corey Raymond.
Joseph's defensive secondary unit helped the Vols finish among the nation's top 20 with 18 interceptions in 2010.
It's the hope the Louisiana native can keep Nebraska's recruiting momentum going in The Bayou State, as the departure of Corey Raymond was thought to be a major loss in a state where Nebraska has seen success pulling players.
"Terry Joseph is a great hire for Nebraska. He is a Louisiana native who packs a mean punch on the recruiting trail," said Fox Sports Louisiana recruiting analyst Mike Coppage. "Joseph hails from the New Orleans metro area, and has enjoyed tremendous success in recruiting players from the deep-south. Louisiana prospects always speak highly of Joseph, who enjoys a stellar reputation."
Joseph, 37, is the cousin of former Husker quarterback Mickey Joseph. The new assistant never played collegiate football, but was a standout on the baseball diamond. After graduating from Northwestern State in 1996, he played in the Chicago Cubs and San Diego Padres systems for four seasons.
"The whole Joseph family is very excited Terry is getting this opportunity and that Bo reached out to him," said Mickey, who is now the interim head coach at Langston University. "Terry is going to bring a lot of energy to that staff. He's going to be able go down southeast and recruit kids. His knowledge of the game is high; he's got a high football IQ. He's not just a recruiter, but also a great football coach.
"I told him it's an unbelievable place. It has great fans and is the only show in the state."
"If you can teach players and they know you can get them better, they will be down with you. There are a lot of guys who played this game, but can't coach it," said Joseph, who played football in high school with Terry. "I will tell you this, the things we were doing in high school, were being done in college. We played at a really good program. Plus, he was really never far away from the game, because we were playing in college and always keeping him updated on what was going on.
"He made the right decision when it came to baseball, but he's got a football background. More than most people would realize."
After baseball, Joseph worked in the Louisiana high school football circuit, with stops at both nationally known Archbishop Shaw and Destrehan. It's the coaching contacts he made there, cousin Mickey Joseph feels will benefit Terry in the future at Nebraska.
"They know him, they have known him probably since he was five to six years old," said Joseph. "He's going to be able to walk into homes and have people trust him with their kids for five years in Nebraska."
After his time in the Louisiana high school football world, Terry Joseph would meet Nebraska head coach Bo Pelini and LSU head coach Les Miles, after taking a graduate assistant position at LSU in 2006, which lasted only one season. He would then take a job with Dooley and La Tech.
Joseph was scheduled to make $250,000 in Knoxville this season and was rumored to be a candidate for LSU's secondary job, before former Nebraska coach Corey Raymond took the job.
Parts of InsideTennessee.com's story were included in this report