NMSU offensive coordinator is hired at Nebraska

The Lincoln Journal Star,reported Wednesday that Cotton is among the coaches who will join the staff at Nebraska

New Mexico State offensive coordinator Barney Cotton was hired Tuesday night as Nebraska's offensive coordinator, the Lincoln (Neb.) Journal Star reported Wednesday.

Citing a source "close to the situation," the Lincoln Journal Star says Cotton met with Nebraska head coach Frank Solich Monday and Tuesday in New Orleans, where both are attending the American Football Coaches Association convention.

"I can't really comment on anything," Cotton told the Lincoln Journal Star Tuesday night. "Just bear with me. It's not the right time yet."

Another source told the Lincoln Journal Star that Cotton would also coach the offensive line One of the sources told the Lincoln Journal Star NMSU head coach Tony Samuel intends to hire Western Kentucky co-offensive coordinator and offensive line coach Keven Lightner.

Western Kentucky recently won the NCAA Division I-AA national championship.

Lightner told the Lincoln Journal Star he had indeed been talking with Samuel about replacing Cotton.

Cotton has been the assistant head coach and offensive coordinator at NMSU for six years under Samuel. Cotton has also been an offensive line coach.

Cotton played at Nebraska from 1975 to 1978 and later played in the NFL with the Cincinnati Bengals and St. Louis Cardinals.

Cotton returned to Nebraska as an assistant from 1987-88, and later was head coach at Hastings College in 1995-96.

NMSU finished 7-5 this season and was 23rd nationally in total offense with 409.2 yards per game, 14th nationally in rushing at 214.5 yards per game and 73rd in passing at 194.7 yards per game.

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