When Bill Moos gave Nebraska men's basketball coach Tim Miles only a one-year contract extension in April, it essentially signaled that Moos has high expectations for Miles' program this season and high expectations in general.

Moos spelled out those expectations Tuesday.

"I want to see stability and consistency," said the first-year Nebraska athletic director, who then referred to the 2014-15 season.

The Huskers finished 13-18 (5-13 Big Ten) that season a year after reaching the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1998.

"For whatever reason, the success didn't follow the next year," Moos told the Journal Star. "I think Tim learned from it, and I want him to succeed. We have to establish ourselves in men's basketball by being consistent. You don't want it to be, 'Oh, they rise up and then they're right back down.'"

The Huskers were 22-11 overall last year (13-5 Big Ten) but failed to reach the NCAA Tournament. With the one-year extension, Miles' contract goes through the end of the 2020-21 season.

"We need to come back and win 22 again this year," Moos said. "That's not necessarily a mandate. But we need to have that kind of year. Let's see how we respond to being picked high in the preseason. It's one thing to get there and another to stay there."

* Moos said Nebraska's golf teams may get a new practice facility near Innovation Campus. He said officials are in "advanced discussions" on a complex that would have a few outdoor holes as well as an indoor facility.

"There aren't a lot of facility needs at Nebraska, but that definitely is one," he said.

Another facility being considered is a natatorium for women's swimming and diving, Moos said.

"It's amazing we do as well as we do with what we have to work with," he said.

* Moos is steadfast in his belief in Scott Frost, as well as the notion that the football program's rebuild will require patience.

"Really until everybody in that locker room has had Scott Frost in their parents' living room, it's not going to be all the way there," Moos said. "I'm glad I got here a year ago because I got to see what shape we were in (under Mike Riley). I'm astute enough to know we had some serious concerns, and it was going to rely on recruiting. I saw something that wasn't going to be fixed in a year.

"What Scott did at Central Florida is nothing short of amazing. But he wasn't playing against Michigan, Ohio State, Penn State and Wisconsin. This league is as tough as it gets. It just ain't gonna happen overnight."

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Husker columnist

Steven, a lifelong Nebraskan, newspaper enthusiast and UNL grad, joined the Journal Star in 1990 and has covered NU football since 1995.

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