Reports are coming out that Colorado State University Coach Tim Miles is in Lincoln, Nebraska, and will be named the Cornhusker’s new men’s basketball coach. ESPN’s 102.3 in Denver is reporting that Tim Miles will take the job at the Big 10 school.
Miles just concluded his fifth year at Colorado State, where he compiled a 20-12 record and finished fourth in the Mountain West Conference. Mile’s team lost in the round of 64 in the NCAA tournament to Wichita state after earning an at large bid.
Miles’ first year with the Colorado State Rams saw a 0-16 record in the Mountain West. He has done an excellent job of recruiting at the school, as he inherited only two players for the 2007 squad his first year. The team’s overall record has improved in each of his years as the coach. Miles coached at several lower division NCAA schools before taking the Colorado State job. The Rams have knocked off their rivals, the Colorado Buffaloes, in two of their last three years.
Miles was named as a finalist for the Nebraska job in reports today, along with Ohio’s John Groce, whose team takes on UNC in the Sweet Sixteen tonight. Miles is reportedly visiting with the Cornhuskers Athletic Director Tom Osborne today. Nebraska finished 12-18 overall, 4-14 in the Big Ten.
The Big Ten was again one of the strongest conferences in the country, sending seven teams to the NCAA tournament. Nebraska’s former coach Doc Sadler was fired after the disappointing year. In his six years as Nebraska’s coach, he made three NIT tournaments.
For the Colorado State Rams, the loss of Miles would be huge to the school. Miles was finally turning around the college basketball scene in Fort Collins, and has been credited along with Colorado coach Tad Boyle for enhancing regional interest in college basketball.