Less than 48 hours after his team lost in the second round of the NIT, NU basketball head coach Tim Miles has been relieved of head coaching duties by Nebraska Athletic Director Bill Moos.
The now 52 year old Miles was hired in 2012 by then Athletic Director Tom Osborne from Colorado State. Miles was coming off the back of an NCAA Tournament appearance with the Rams, where they lost to Murray State in the first round, 58-41.
After going 15-18 overall and finishing 10th place in the Big 10 his first season at Nebraska, Miles led the Huskers to the NCAA Tournament the following year in the 2013-14 season. However, Miles was not able to lead them back to the NCAA Tournament after that. The program is still searching for their first NCAA Tournament win in team history, the only power five conference team yet to do so.
Miles also failed to qualify for postseason play over the next three seasons, finishing 12th, 11th, and tied for 12th place in the Big 10 respectively during that stretch. Miles and Nebraska qualified for the NIT in 2018 and in 2019, but crashed out of it on both occasions, falling in the first round in 2018 and the second round Sunday night against TCU.
This past season, Nebraska went through a month long winless stretch where they lost seven games in a row, which severely impeded their chances of making the NCAA Tournament in 2019. Despite the fact that Nebraska returned four starters from a team that won 22 games and finished fourth place in the Big 10, they could not replicate that success, finishing 13th in the conference and 19-17 overall.
If not for an improbable mini run in Chicago in the Big 10 Tournament, Nebraska likely would not have made the NIT either. In seven seasons, Miles finished with an overall record of 116-114 and a 52-76 mark in Big 10 play.
Now the attention will turn to who will be named as Nebraska’s next head coach. The Omaha World-Herald and the Lincoln Journal Star confirmed with their sources that Nebraska has contacted former Iowa State and Chicago Bulls head coach Fred Hoiberg to fill the position. However, there has been no official confirmation from either Hoiberg or Nebraska that the job has been offered to him, or that he would accept it.