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Molinari, Sadler among those under consideration for Husker hoops assistant positions

Molinari, Sadler among those under consideration for Husker hoops assistant positions

Doc Sadler (2007-2012)

Nebraska coach Doc Sadler gives guard Brandon Richardson a thumb's-up for drawing a foul on a shot during a game against Michigan State at the Devaney Sports Center on Dec. 31, 2011. 

New Nebraska men's basketball coach Fred Hoiberg is considering at least a handful of people for his two remaining assistant coach positions, and three of those could be men with Nebraska ties.

Jim Molinari and Doc Sadler are under consideration for the two remaining positions on Hoiberg's staff. As reported earlier, Armon Gates and Western Kentucky assistant Marc Hsu are also under consideration.

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It is expected the staff will be finalized by the weekend, a source told the Journal Star.

Molinari and Sadler would fit the mold of the defensive coach Hoiberg is looking for. Nebraska athletic director Bill Moos said last week Hoiberg is "in hot pursuit" of a defensive coach for his staff.

Molinari recently completed his sixth season as a Nebraska assistant. Sadler, of course, was Nebraska's head coach from 2007-2012 and was replaced by Tim Miles after going 101-87 in six seasons in Lincoln.

Gates just completed his first season on Nebraska's staff.

Sadler, who has been the head coach at Southern Mississippi since 2014, is working for a new athletic director. Southern Miss last week hired Troy athletic director Jeremy McClain to the same position. Sadler is 56-94 at Southern Miss, but that comes with a caveat — the Golden Eagles are coming off a 20-win season and Sadler has improved Southern Miss' record in each of the last four seasons.

Molinari is a coaching veteran, with 40 years of experience at the Division I level. Before Nebraska, he was the head coach at Western Illinois for six seasons, and has made stops at Ball State, Minnesota, Bradley, Northern Illinois and DePaul.

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Gates came to Nebraska last year after five seasons at Northwestern and about one month as an associate head coach at Florida. He has also been an assistant at Loyola-Chicago, TCU, Kent State and Western Kentucky, and has a reputation as a top-notch recruiter.

Hsu also has major recruiting chops. He’s been at Western Kentucky for two seasons under head coach Rick Stansbury, helping Stansbury land the nation’s No. 29 recruiting class last season.

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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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