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Barney Cotton
Barney  Cotton

Offensive Coordinator/Tight Ends


VIDEO: Staff Spotlight - UNLV Offensive Coordinator Barney Cotton

The finale of our series introducing fans to the team's assistants.

Veteran coach Barney Cotton came to UNLV last year after serving as interim head coach at Nebraska to close the 2014 season. He led the Huskers into the Holiday Bowl after having spent his eighth overall season on the Nebraska staff as associate head coach, run game coordinator and TE/OL coach.

Cotton helped the Huskers finish in the top 20 nationally in rushing in each of his last five years, while producing a 1,000-yard rusher for six straight seasons.

Cotton owns nearly two decades of experience as a collegiate head coach or offensive coordinator. After stops at St. Cloud State and Hastings College (as head coach), he became an offensive coordinator at the FBS level for the first time at New Mexico State (1997-2002) before serving in the same position at Nebraska in 2003. He stayed in the Big 12 Conference from 2004-06, spending three seasons as coordinator for Iowa State before returning to Lincoln to begin his most recent stint in 2008.

Cotton played under the legendary Tom Osborne at Nebraska from 1975-78 and was a third round NFL pick by Cincinnati, playing a season for the Bengals and three more for the St. Louis Cardinals. He earned his bachelor's degree from Nebraska in 1983 and his master's from St. Cloud State in 1994.

Cotton and his wife, Christine, have three sons, Ben, Jake and Sam. Ben, who played for the Huskers in 2012, joined his father at UNLV as a graduate assistant coach. Jake finished his career at Nebraska in 2014. Sam will be a senior at tight end for the Huskers in 2016.

Coaching Experience: 2015-SA UNLV – offensive coordinator/tight ends 2008-14 Nebraska – assoc. HC/run game coord./TE/OL 2007 Ames (Iowa) High School – assistant coach 2004-06 Iowa State – offensive coord./offensive line 2003 Nebraska – offensive coord./offensive line 1997-2002 New Mexico St. – asst. head coach/off. coord. 1995-96 Hastings College – head coach 1989-1994 St. Cloud State – off. coord./off. line

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