I have horrible news. ESPN is giving Nebraska basketball props. To some, that the Four Letters is giving Nebraska any manner of positive pub is amazing, but the topic’s hard to argue.
According to ESPN.com, Nebrasketball head coach Tim Miles is the No. 32 overall coach in the nation. Not bad for two seasons into his gig, eh?
A couple of years ago, Tim Miles was the funny coach with the funny Twitter feed, the guy most likely to be sitting alone at Big Ten media day while simultaneously making fun of himself for sitting alone at Big Ten media day. (Five years ago, at Big 12 media day, that coach was Fred Hoiberg. My how things change.)
Now, after taking the Cornhuskers to their first NCAA tournament since 1998 in just his second season, Miles is a bona fide rising star in the profession. He’s turning Nebraska into a real program, and he has the long-run backing of the athletics department, and the elite facilities, to finish the job.
Apparently ESPN not only respects what Miles has done, but is ready to heap praise on him when he tops himself.
Here are some of the names that missed the cut:
Dana Altman (Oregon), Tom Crean (Indiana), Johnny Dawkins (Stanford), Cuonzo Martin (California), Dave Paulsen (Bucknell), Bruce Pearl (Auburn), Dave Rose (BYU), Kevin Stallings (Vanderbilt)
Of course, ESPN’s not telling Nebraska basketball fans anything they didn’t already know. The sentiment’s nice, though.
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