Associated Press, Published March 23 2012
Ex-Bison coach Miles hired by NebraskaOMAHA, Neb. – Nebraska has lured Colorado State’s Tim Miles to Lin-coln to take over its men’s basketball team.
Colorado State athletic director Jack Graham announced Friday night that Miles had resigned so he could take the job with the Cornhuskers. Miles, who toured Nebraska’s facilities on Friday, will be introduced at a news con-ference on Saturday.
The 45-year-old Miles, who replaces Doc Sadler, just finished his fifth year at Colorado State. He coached the Rams to a 20-12 record this season and their first NCAA tourna-ment appearance since 2003. They lost to Murray State 58-41 in their tour-nament opener.
Miles - a former North Dakota State head coach - will take over a struggling Nebraska pro-gram that hasn’t won a share of a conference championship since 1950 or played in the NCAA tour-nament since 1998. The Huskers have never won a game in six NCAA appear-ances.
Messages were left seek-ing comment from Miles and Nebraska associate athletic director for bas-ketball Marc Boehm.
Sadler was at Nebraska for six years. He was fired March 9 after the Huskers went 12-18 and tied for last with Penn State in its first season in the Big Ten.
Boehm said two weeks ago that he and athletic director Tom Osborne were looking to hire a proven program builder.
Colorado State improved in each of Miles’ five sea-sons. The Rams went from 7-25 his first year to 9-22, 16-16, 19-13 and 20-12.
The 2010-11 season marked CSU’s first win-ning record in seven years, and its nine conference wins were its most since the Mountain West formed in 1999-2000.
Miles signed a three-year contract extension last May that runs through 2015-16. He earned $585,000 this season and was set to be paid $750,000 in 2012-13.
Ohio’s John Groce, the hottest mid-major coach after leading the Bobcats to the NCAA regional semifinals, and Oregon’s Dana Altman, who grew up in Nebraska and coached at Creighton in Omaha, also had been mentioned as possible candidates.