Tim Miles’ exit from the NCAA Tournament ended a truly special season in gut-wrenching fashion. However, Connie Yori and the women Nebrasketballers are just as ready to carry the Big Red banner. While the men’s program has been trying to gain footing for well over a decade, Yori’s success has been a constant.
I don’t know how much she makes, but I’m going to assume that A.) it’s a tidy sum and B.) I won’t be close to making it barring a best-selling book deal. Nebraska women’s basketball may very well be a proper indication of where the men’s program could be under Miles in short order.
This season alone, Yori’s squad has been consistently ranked in the top 20, went 26-6 (12-4 in the Big Ten) and won a conference tournament for the first time in her career.
The success continues into the postseason as the Big Red drew a No. 4 seed and proceeded to paste No. 13 seed Fresno State 74-55.
To call Yori’s dedication to her craft impressive is an understatement. This is a woman that collapsed during a game in February due to severe exhaustion from doing her job.
You don’t go 119-44 (as of this writing) over the past five years without commitment to the gig. I’d suggest that she take some time off, and she likely will, but I know that feeling of not doing what you feel you’re supposed to. I’m going to take an educated guess and say Yori shares this problem.
Nebraska will take on No. 12 seed BYU by virtue of the Cougars’ upset of No. 5 seed NC State on Monday, March 24. I wish BYU luck. Jordan Hooper, Emily Cady and Hailie Sample are making start No. 100 together and Yori has her team on the cusp of its third Sweet Sixteen in five years.
If BYU wins, they’ll have earned it.