He smiled because he's a professional who handled a difficult situation with professionalism. No one enjoys being fired. Miles certainly wasn't happy when he walked out of Memorial Stadium on Tuesday afternoon after learning his fate in a meeting with NU director of athletics Bill Moos.
But he's Tim Miles, so of course he provided a glimmer of levity on one of the darker days of his 24-year career as a college head coach.
"I'm gonna get in that car, go hang out with my wife and my kids and my dog, and have a cold Coors Light," Miles said after learning he had been fired as Nebraska's basketball coach.
That clip quickly made the rounds on social media.
Miles handled a difficult situation with grace over the season's final few weeks, and he did the same Tuesday. In a statement released by the university, Miles said he and his family would "always be cheering for the Huskers."
Miles said those words were chosen carefully. He thought about what he wanted to say for a long time.
Should Nebraska indeed take the next step under its new head coach, whoever it may be, credit should go to Miles for laying a foundation.
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@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
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.