Why Care About Tim Miles
Nebraska basketball fans were looking to turn the page on the program after the first year of being in the toughest conference in the country. The expectation from the majority of Husker followers is relatively low for the basketball program. So when Doc Sadler's last season fell on such difficult times, there was little choice left for Dr. Tom Osborne. Enter stage left, new head coach, Tim Miles.
Tim Miles is one thing, but why care about Nebraska basketball at all in this sports climate? The first half of the basketball season is almost over by the time the Husker football team takes the field in whatever bowl game they get to play. And by that time this past season, the Huskers had already lost to Creighton, Oregon, Wake Forest, Wisconsin, and Michigan State. On January 2nd, Nebrasketball was in the middle of a four game conference losing streak to start the conference play. It was a stretch in which they were outscored by an average of 18 points/game.
To say that college football overshadows the start of college basketball is an understatement. For most casual fans, the basketball season starts at the end of conference play, the beginning of conference tournaments, and when the big dance comes in March. The bowl system, as great as it is, does not hold a candle to the round of 64 when a reported $1 billion of productivity is lost from selection Sunday through that week.
To care about Tim Miles is to care about Nebraska basketball making it to an NCAA tourney game, and maybe even winning one. Based on his past experiences, he can recruit the region and has shown the ability to defeat higher ranked teams. Though he has coached at nothing higher than a mid-major position, he has left every program in better shape than when he entered, and even increased his win total every year at Colorado State.
There are plenty of skeptics in place about what type of coach Nebraska is bringing in, but so far, he is saying all the right things. Nebraska basketball fans have always been optimists by necessity, and it will have to continue with this coach until results come through.