Nebraska athletic director Bill Moos on Tuesday afternoon laid out an ideal time frame of a week or two before the next men’s basketball coach is announced.
Moos finished a chat with reporters by saying, “I’ve got to do my work,” meaning, of course, to go find a new coach.
The world here in Lincoln doesn’t stop turning, though, so what will happen on campus in the interim?
Well, for starters, Moos will name one of Tim Miles’ assistants as an interim head coach. That had not happened as of 5 p.m. Tuesday, but Moos indicated it would happen shortly.
“There’s got to be accountability,” Moos told reporters. He made a similar move after firing football coach Mike Riley in November 2017, naming linebackers coach Trent Bray interim head coach for a week before Scott Frost was hired.
“The most important thing is to keep going to class,” Moos said of the players. “And it’s for them first and foremost. That degree, when all the rainbows end, that degree is what you’re going to take away from your college experience. So we want to keep our guys in class and on top of (things) academically.
“We try to move the process so once the coach is hired, the coach has a chance to talk with them and visit with them and hopefully encourage them to stay. I will, in some cases, talk with players individually to reassure them that we care about them individually.”
All of Miles’ assistants — Jim Molinari, Michael Lewis and Armon Gates — were technically dismissed when Miles was, but each can sign transition paperwork allowing them to stay on until the next coach is named. That was the main thrust of the meetings each assistant had with executive associate athletic director Marc Boehm and other NU personnel on Tuesday afternoon.
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“They’re pretty damn sure who the next coach is,” the source said.
Depending on who it is — the Journal Star has reported previously that all signs point to former Iowa State and Chicago Bulls head coach Fred Hoiberg, though, Moos said he does not have a candidate finalized — the next head man will seemingly have wide latitude to pick his own staff and structure his own program. That could leave a veteran administrator such as Boehm in limbo, too, along with the assistants.
“Marc is not a candidate for the coaching position, we’ve already had that discussion,” Moos joked. “But we’ve got to wait until the new coach is hired and see who he may bring if he’s an established coach. We certainly have qualified people within our program that I would think across the board would be appealing to a new coach. But it typically depends on if they’re going to bring their entire staff or part of it or whether they want to retain a coach or an operations person or your video folks or what have you.”
@CoachMiles Thank you for taking a chance on a skinny kid from Iceland. I will forever be grateful for you bringing me to Nebraska! Good luck with whatever your future may hold 🙏🏼🙏🏼 #gbrpic.twitter.com/pSZMuhbsHN
Thank you. You made a kid who didn’t follow Nebrasketball until he started UNL into a passionate fan. You gave him a chance to storm a court (2x). You gave him the chance to be interviewed on Selection Sunday. You reminded us Hate Will Never Win.
I loved my time as a Husker and @CoachMiles was a big reason why. Never pretentious. Truly authentic. Always with a smile and willing to share or extend a helping hand to the “women down the hall” and that doesn’t always happen in this profession. He’ll bounce back! https://t.co/LhGIsf1vjj
Coaching at times is a tough, thankless profession. A coach has to have the discipline to erase the noise, & as my dad used to say, “leave it better than you found it.” Thanks @CoachMiles for your time & for talking to me even when you really had no idea who I was! #GBRalwayspic.twitter.com/HdVLsxNoXq
Thank you Coach Miles! Your passion, character and humor made you an incredibly special part of the @Huskers family. We will be rooting for you wherever this journey takes you. Respect! https://t.co/oPeO748x26
Parker joined the Journal Star as the University of Nebraska football beat writer in August 2017. He previously covered Montana State athletics for the Bozeman Daily Chronicle and graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 2012.