Nebraska Basketball: Fred Hoiberg reportedly set to be new head coach

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Nebraska Basketball reportedly has their man.

It appears that Nebraska basketball has their sights set on a new coach and that it is a done deal. According to multiple media reports, Fred Hoiberg is expected to be officially announced as the Nebraska Basketball head coach.

Normally, I would not give credence to these rumors. However, the fact that Robin Washnut did not exactly say “no” to this information is very telling.

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Hoiberg is set to come into a Nebraska Basketball program that is expected to see a lot of turnover following seasons and. He will certainly have his work cut out for him as youth will now have to take over following the departures of guys such as James Palmer Jr. and Glynn Watson Jr. He will presumably have some pieces to build the program around such as Isaiah Roby. However, there is also the possibility that some players may leave the program with the departure of Tim Miles. In that case, the program should focus on trying to retain as many players as they can.

Hoiberg is definitely the right man to turn the Nebraska basketball program around. He has experience both in the collegiate and professional ranks. He won the Big 12 Coach of the Year Award in 2012 and guided Iowa State to Two Big 12 Tournament championships in 2014 and 2015. Say what you want about his resume in the National Basketball Association. That was a little less impressive, as he finished his time in Chicago with a 115-155 record. The track record of success that he enjoyed in the college ranks would never materialize in the NBA. However, it is his ability to coach at the collegiate level that will definitely help Nebraska here.

He may not be the most flashy name on the market but he can certainly get the job done. He has proven it and he will look to do the same for Nebraska Basketball. With the departures in the senior class and the new talent that the program will have to bring in, Hoiberg will certainly have his work cut out for him. His wealth of basketball knowledge should be an asset in Lincoln. Success will not happen overnight, but there is a very good chance that it could happen under Hoiberg’s watch.

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Tim Miles is a great guy and has truly built the program back up to respectability. If it was not for Miles, Hoiberg probably does not get a chance at this job or even wants to consider it. Miles helped stabilize the program and allowed it to be competitive. With a handful of postseason tournament appearances and several solid recruits under his watch, Miles is the type of coach that Nebraska Basketball needed at the time of his hire. Miles has certainly had a good run here, but it is time to go in a different direction. Hopefully, Miles will be able to land on his feet quickly.