Nebraska assistant coach Bob Elliott has died just weeks after stepping down from his on field coaching duties to become a defensive analyst.
Elliott played at the University of Iowa in the mid 1970s before embarking on a nearly 40-year career in coaching. It was during his time on Hayden Fry’s staff at Iowa in the late 90s that he developed a rare form of blood cancer. It was a disease he battled for nearly 20 years.
Elliott was hired by Nebraska coach Mike Riley in February to coach the safeties after serving on the staff at Notre Dame. He stepped down to take a more limited role as an analyst after his health problems resurfaced.
“We are deeply saddened by the passing of Bob Elliott”, said Riley. “Bob was a wonderful man with a great family. Bob has left an impact on and off the field that will be remembered for many years to come.”
“In his short time with our program, Coach Elliott developed a great relationship with the young men in our football program and our staff. Our thoughts and prayers are with Bob’s wife, Joey, and his entire family during this difficult time.”
Elliott was the son of former Michigan coach and long-time Iowa athletic director Chalmers “Bump” Elliott.