15 months ago, Nebraska Athletic Director Bill Moos reached out to his man, Nebraska’s man, Scott Frost, to resurrect Nebraska Football. On March 30, Moos hired the hottest coaching candidates in college basketball in Fred Hoiberg to try and bring Nebraska Basketball into national relevance. But, unlike Nebraska Football, Nebraska Basketball won’t be resurrected. It needs to be born.
On Wednesday March 27, Moos pulled the string on Tim Miles after a 116-114 record with the Cornhuskers. Moos stood on the podium telling media and fans the timeline for a new head coach would be between 7-14 days. Three days later, the news broke with a press conference coming on Monday or Tuesday.
Hoiberg was Nebraska’s guy. People believe he has the tools to take Nebraska to places they have never been before. Stakes will be high for Hoiberg in year one. Fair or not, people will be disappointed if Hoiberg doesn’t make Nebraska a tournament team in the first two years. Is it possible? Maybe. The roster may have extreme turnover with Leading scorers James Palmer Jr., Glynn Watson and Isaac Copeland all graduating. Starting guard, Thomas Allen, is reportedly in the transfer portal. Isaiah Roby has the potential to be a first round pick if he chooses to enter the NBA Draft.
In fact, Hoiberg could have five players when he shows up. Standards will be high. Pinnacle Bank Arena will be packed and loud. There are “Hoiberg for Mayor” signs in Lincoln. There have never been more fans this invested in Nebraska Basketball. You can thank Tim Miles for making Nebraska Basketball fun. Now, Fred Hoiberg can make Nebraska a Virginia Tech or Purdue. Like Moos said in his press conference, “People ask me ‘why Nebraska?’ I tell them ‘why not?’”