Oct 30, 2012
New Facilities Give Hope To Nebraska Coach

The Associated Press

http://www.bostonherald.com/sports/college/basketball/view.bg?articleid=1061171313&srvc=sports&position=recent

First-year coach Tim Miles will try to turn around a long-languishing Nebraska men’s basketball program that hasn’t won a share of a conference championship since 1950, made it to the NCAA tournament since 1998 or had a winning conference record since 1999.

Patience will be required. The Huskers return only one starter from the Doc Sadler-coached team that finished 12-18 and tied for 11th in the Big Ten.

“There’s never been a better time to be the coach at Nebraska, Miles said with a straight face.

Athletic director Tom Osborne hired Miles from Colorado State and gave him the longest contract for a coach in any sport in Nebraska history. The seven-year deal pays $1.4 million to start and increases to $2.15 million by 2018-19.

Miles is taking over a year after the opening of a $20 million practice facility and a year before the $179 million, 16,000-seat Pinnacle Bank Arena opens, replacing the 36-year-old Devaney Sports Center.

An impressive list of recruits has toured the facilities since Miles’ hiring last spring, though no blue-chippers have committed yet.

The Huskers are led by 6-foot-10 forward Brandon Ubel (6.7 points, 5.3 rebounds per game), the only returning starter, and five other players who had significant minutes last season. Andre Almeida, a 6-11, 314-pound center, and guard Ray Gallegos join Ubel as the only seniors.

, New Facilities Give Hope To Nebraska Coach

The Associated Press

http://www.bostonherald.com/sports/college/basketball/view.bg?articleid=1061171313&srvc=sports&position=recent

First-year coach Tim Miles will try to turn around a long-languishing Nebraska men’s basketball program that hasn’t won a share of a conference championship since 1950, made it to the NCAA tournament since 1998 or had a winning conference record since 1999.

Patience will be required. The Huskers return only one starter from the Doc Sadler-coached team that finished 12-18 and tied for 11th in the Big Ten.

There’s never been a better time to be the coach at Nebraska, ” Miles said with a straight face.

Athletic director Tom Osborne hired Miles from Colorado State and gave him the longest contract for a coach in any sport in Nebraska history. The seven-year deal pays $1.4 million to start and increases to $2.15 million by 2018-19.

Miles is taking over a year after the opening of a $20 million practice facility and a year before the $179 million, 16,000-seat Pinnacle Bank Arena opens, replacing the 36-year-old Devaney Sports Center.

An impressive list of recruits has toured the facilities since Miles’ hiring last spring, though no blue-chippers have committed yet.

The Huskers are led by 6-foot-10 forward Brandon Ubel (6.7 points, 5.3 rebounds per game), the only returning starter, and five other players who had significant minutes last season. Andre Almeida, a 6-11, 314-pound center, and guard Ray Gallegos join Ubel as the only seniors.






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