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Bobby Lutz

Charlotte coach Bobby Lutz directs his team during the second half of a  National Invitation Tournament Tip-off second-round game against Duke in 2009.

Bobby Lutz will be a part of Fred Hoiberg's coaching staff at Nebraska.

A source confirmed the move Wednesday after the veteran coach was at Haymarket Park on Tuesday evening with men's basketball head coach Hoiberg and assistant Matt Abdelmassih as Hoiberg threw out the first pitch before Nebraska's baseball game with Creighton.

The coaches weren't available for interviews before the game, but Lutz joining Hoiberg wouldn't be a surprise. While a potential role remains unclear, he's been rumored to be a candidate for Hoiberg's staff since Hoiberg was hired by Nebraska. The 61-year-old was an assistant for Hoiberg for one season at Iowa State, and also spent one season as an assistant for the Chicago Bulls' G-League affiliate when Hoiberg was coaching the big club.

A North Carolina native, Lutz has left the Carolinas just twice for coaching jobs: when he joined Hoiberg at Iowa State for the 2010-11 season, and when he went to the Windy City Bulls in 2016-17.

Lutz had a successful 12-year run as the head coach at North Carolina-Charlotte, where he went 218-158 with five NCAA Tournament appearances and three trips to the NIT. 

He began his college career in 1986 at Pfeiffer University, an NAIA school in North Carolina, where he went to six straight national tournaments, reaching one title game, two Final Fours and an Elite Eight.

Nebraska athletic director Bill Moos said last week he expected Hoiberg's staff to be finalized sometime early this week.

Reach the writer at 402-473-7436 or cbasnett@journalstar.com. On Twitter @HuskerExtraCB.

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Husker basketball reporter

A Ravenna native, Chris covers the University of Nebraska men's basketball team and assists with football coverage. He spent nearly 10 years covering sports at the Kearney Hub and nearly four years at the Springfield News-Leader in Springfield, Mo.

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