Nebraska’s men’s basketball program hasn’t made an official decision on its head coach yet, but the expectation is that Tim Miles, despite his Big Ten Tournament run, will be fired following the postseason.
“We will await Sunday’s announcement to see if we receive an invitation to participate in the NIT,” Moos wrote in a statement this past weekend. “Once our season is completed, my evaluation of our men’s basketball program will draw to a close.”
Nebraska made the NIT, so a decision will wait until the Huskers lose (or win the whole thing).
Still, it would be surprising to see Miles back in Lincoln, Neb. for the 2019-20 season. The 52-year-old head coach has been leading the Huskers’ program since 2012 and they’ve made the NCAA Tournament just once (in 2014).
Nebraska is expected to pursue some big names for the potential vacancy and Stadium’s Jeff Goodman is reporting that there’s already a frontrunner.
The frontrunner: former Iowa State and Chicago Bulls head coach Fred Hoiberg.
“Former Iowa State and Chicago Bulls head coach Fred Hoiberg expected to be the frontrunner for the Nebraska job when Tim Miles is let go, source told
@Stadium. Nebraska currently in NIT,” he reports.
Former Iowa State and Chicago Bulls head coach Fred Hoiberg expected to be the frontrunner for the Nebraska job when Tim Miles is let go, source told @Stadium. Nebraska currently in NIT.
— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanHoops) March 18, 2019
Hoiberg would be a massive hire for Nebraska’s basketball program. The former Iowa State head coach didn’t work out in the NBA, but he was fantastic at the college level. Hoiberg was at ISU for five seasons and led the Cyclones to the NCAA Tournament in his final four years.
Iowa State went 28-8 and 25-9, respectively, in his final two seasons.
Hoiberg was born in Lincoln, Nebraska and grew up in Iowa. His father went to school at UNL.