Barney Cotton will not coach for UNLV this season because of health concerns.
The former Husker is in Omaha while on the waiting list to receive a heart transplant, according to a UNLV press release.
“Barney has unfortunately been forced to be away from football and his Rebel family, and we are all keeping him in our thoughts and prayers,” UNLV coach Tony Sanchez said. “He is a tremendous coach, teacher, person and a great friend.”
Cotton has served as UNLV’s offensive coordinator and tight ends coach since 2015. Prior to that, he was an assistant with Nebraska in 2003 and from 2008-2014. He was Nebraska’s interim head coach to close the 2014 season.
Cotton, an Omaha Burke graduate, played for the Huskers from 1975-78. He earned second-team All-Big Eight honors in 1978, when Nebraska claimed the conference title. He also had a three-year NFL career with the Bengals and Cardinals.
His three sons — Ben, Jake and Sam — all played for Nebraska. Ben and Sam played at the tight end position, while Jake played on the offensive line.
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