Matt Rhule Throws Verbal Jab At Deion Sanders After Being Spotted At WWE Smackdown Event

Matt Rhule talks to someone on the field while coaching the Carolina Panthers.

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Nebraska’s Matt Rhule had himself a busy weekend having been spotted at a pro wrestling match before throwing his own jabs at Deion Sanders. He’s now gone viral for the sequence of events.

College football fans are reacting on social media after watching the first-year head coach over the last few days.

The Cornhuskers are in the midst of the spring practice session as the team gears up for its Red and White Game on Saturday. The spring game will be the first for the program under Rhule’s leadership as it hopes to reverse the struggles seen throughout a miserable Scott Frost era.

Under their previous head coach, the Huskers posted five consecutive losing seasons. Frost was fired midway through the year in 2022 after an embarrassing loss to Georgia Southern.

Matt Rhule will certainly have his hands full, but while he saw his own struggles in the NFL, he’s proven himself to be a competent college coach. After posting back-to-back 10-win seasons at Temple, Rhule rebuilt a Baylor program fresh off the Art Briles debacle.

Now, he finds himself in Lincoln where he looks to revamp a once proud program. Part of the turnaround is improving on the football field while another involves building comradery away from it.

Over the weekend, he did the latter.

Rhule made an appearance at Smackdown while the WWE was in town, taking with him a number of Cornhusker players.

Fans were quick to comment on that wrestling appearance with one person writing, “The People’s Head Coach!”

Someone else echoed the head coach’s message by simply saying, “Go Big Red.”

Rhule might’ve been a bystander at the WWE event, but he’d be throwing his own jabs before the weekend was through.

Matt Rhule takes subtle shot at Deion Sanders

Rhule addressed the media in a press conference over the weekend where he took an apparent shot at Deion Sanders, among others.

The comments came in reference to his outlook on the transfer portal.

“I hear other schools talking about, ‘I can’t wait for today, the transfer portal,'” Rhule stated before continuing to say, “Well, I can’t wait to coach my guys,” noting his desire to work with what he’s got.

Others, like Colorado, were seen posting clips promoting the portal as they look to quickly revamp their rosters. It’s worked thus far for the Buffaloes, who have the nation’s top-ranked transfer class.


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Rhule, instead, intends to develop the talent he has on campus.

Intentional shot? You be the judge.

The Cornhuskers and Buffaloes can decide it on the field as they’ll face off in Week 2 of the 2023 season. This old Big XII rivalry is starting to heat back up.