Tim Miles is still currently the head coach of Nebraska’s basketball program, but it sounds like athletic director Bill Moos has already found his replacement.
According to Lars Anderson of Sports Illustrated, Fred Hoiberg will be the next head coach at Nebraska. The report came out just a few hours before the Huskers were set to start NIT play against Butler on Wednesday night.
“According [to] my people in Nebraska, the next head coach of the Huskers basketball team will be Fred Hoiberg,” Anderson wrote. “This is firm and final.”
According my people in Nebraska, the next head coach of the @Huskers basketball team will be Fred Hoiberg. This is firm and final.
— Lars Anderson (@LarsAnderson71) March 20, 2019
Earlier this week, Jeff Goodman of Stadium reported that Nebraska was targeting Hoiberg as a potential candidate to replace Miles. As of Wednesday evening, there has been no official statement on Miles’ future with the program.
Moos issued a statement following Nebraska’s run in the B1G Tournament, but said simply that an assessment and decision would come when the Huskers’ postseason came to an end.
Hoiberg brings coaching experience to Nebraska, having served as the head coach at Iowa State from 2010-15. He led the Cyclones to tournament appearances in four of his five seasons and made the Sweet 16 in 2014.
Iowa State was 115-56 in five years.
After five years in Ames, Hoiberg took over as head coach for the NBA’s Chicago Bulls from 2015-2018. He was fired midway through this season following a 5-19 start.
Nebraska had hopes of making the NCAA Tournament this season, but after a season-ending injury to Isaac Copeland, the Huskers couldn’t string together enough wins to get to the Big Dance. Instead, they’ll host Butler in the NIT on Wednesday.
The Huskers finished the year 18-16. In seven seasons in Lincoln, Miles is 115-113 and has guided Nebraska two three postseason appearances, one NCAA Tournament (2014) and two NITs (2018, 2019).