Marvin Sanders resigns after 3 seasons

Updated: February 3, 2011, 8:00 PM ET
Associated Press

LINCOLN, Neb. -- Marvin Sanders, who coached one of the top pass defenses in the nation, has resigned as Nebraska's secondary coach.

Coach Bo Pelini announced Sanders' departure in a statement Thursday, a day after Indiana coach Kevin Wilson said at his signing day news conference that Corey Raymond was leaving the Hoosiers' staff to coach Nebraska's secondary.

Raymond would not confirm his move to Nebraska when reached Thursday, referring questions to Pelini.

Pelini said in his statement that he was "working toward finding a replacement for Coach Sanders" and that an announcement would be made "when the hiring process is completed."

The secondary coach's job is the second opening on the defensive side. Pelini is also looking to hire a linebackers coach after Mike Ekeler left in December to become co-defensive coordinator at Indiana.

The status of the Huskers' staff overshadowed the signing of Pelini's fourth recruiting class on Wednesday.

Wilson first caused a stir from 650 miles away by announcing Raymond was going to Nebraska. Then it was reported that offensive coordinator Shawn Watson, receivers coach Ted Gilmore and Sanders did not attend the annual recruiting dinner in Omaha where assistant coaches discuss the new class with fans and boosters.

Their absences were conspicuous. Watson's future has been a point of speculation for weeks because of the offense's performance in the second half of the season. Gilmore has been the team's recruiting coordinator since 2007. Both were holdovers from Bill Callahan's staff.

Sanders, Gilmore and Watson have not returned phone messages, and Pelini declined to comment on Gilmore and Watson.

The 43-year-old Sanders played for the Huskers from 1985-89 and was the Huskers' defensive backs coach in 2003. Sanders returned when Pelini took over in 2008.

The Huskers led the nation in pass efficiency defense in 2009 and were third last season with a secondary featuring Big 12 defensive player of the year Prince Amukamara.

"Marvin has decided the most important thing for him at this time is to take a break from coaching and spend more time with his family," Pelini said. "Marvin is an excellent football coach, and he has been a key part of our defensive success here at Nebraska. The success of his secondary speaks for itself, and he has a great rapport with his players and other members of the staff."


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