As of today, Tim Miles remains Nebraska’s head coach. The Huskers made a nice effort to save his job, making a run to the Big Ten quarterfinals, before losing a tough game to Wisconsin.
The Huskers are NIT-bound after a trying season, and it sounds like Miles’ seat is as hot as possible. It is unclear if an NIT title or deep run would save his job.
After Nebraska’s Big Ten Tournament run came to a close, athletic director Bill Moos released a statement saying that his “evaluation” of the program would come after the NIT.
One major name has already been identified as a candidate, should the Huskers job open. On Monday, rumors began to surface about former Chicago Bulls and Iowa State head coach Fred Hoiberg.
Hoiberg has been connected to some NBA roles, but he was most successful at his alma mater ISU on the college level.
There appears to be some potential fire to the smoke surrounding Fred Hoiberg and Nebraska basketball.
Today, the Lincoln Journal Star reports that there has been contact, and talks between the two sides are “advanced.”
Multiple sources with knowledge of the situation told the Journal Star there has been contact between Nebraska and Hoiberg, and discussions are advanced. Hoiberg-to-Nebraska rumors have been swirling for weeks, and reports began to surface Monday afternoon on Twitter that the Iowa State legend was indeed in Nebraska’s crosshairs.
The sources told the Journal Star that the former Iowa State and Chicago Bulls head coach would be a strong candidate for the Nebraska men’s basketball head coach position should Tim Miles be fired.
That certainly doesn’t sound optimistic for those who want to see Miles keep his job.
The seventh-year Huskers coach is 115–113 in his time in Lincoln, but just 52–76 in Big Ten play. The team reached its first NCAA Tournament since 1998 under Miles in 2014. This year, it makes its third post-season under Miles, and second-straight NIT.
The Huskers host Butler in that tournament’s first round tomorrow night.