Neal Hawks Rips Husker’s Athletic Department

Neal Hawks is a big time donor to the Husker program, and is not afraid to speak his mind about the lack of commitment to the Husker basketball program. Hawks wrote, and then paid for, a full page ad in the Sunday edition of the Omaha World Herald, which can be found here.

Hawks used points about how Nebraska does not pay hardly enough to any of its coaches with basketball. At just over $4 million, the Husker basketball ranked last in the B1G 10 in terms of spending money allocated to mens basketball. Try competing for a B1G 10 title with that much money, and it just will not happen.

Hawks also fairly points out that the Husker’s have one of the hardest schedules in the country this season. Many rankings have them listed in the top ten, and as high as number six. For a program that does not pony up any money, you just cannot compete.

Perhaps I was wrong to say fire Doc Sadler. Maybe he is not the problem. Rather, the problem is a lack of commitment – a word Hawks used 11 times – that has been the biggest problems for the Huskers.

One reason why football has done well is their commitment. Huge financial initiatives include coaches, stadium expansions, recruiting help, etc. The school just gave the program a new training facility and a new arena. Now it is time for Nebraska to back up their basketball program.

Doc Sadler deserves more time and some more money. If the Huskers can give him that, then let the fun begin. Sadler is a good coach, this is not entirely on him. But the lack of competitiveness in games is not the schools fault. This lies both ways, but its time for something major to be done. Pearlman, Osborne, your on the clock.

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    “Perhaps I was wrong to say fire Doc Sadler. Maybe he is not the problem. Rather, the problem is a lack of commitment – a word Hawks used 11 times – that has been the biggest problems for the Huskers.”

    No, you were and would still be right to suggest him being gone. We’ve committed to him for six years… what has he done to suggest progress as a program?

    “Now it is time for Nebraska to back up their basketball program.”

    What?

    “Doc Sadler deserves more time and some more money. If the Huskers can give him that, then let the fun begin. Sadler is a good coach, this is not entirely on him. But the lack of competitiveness in games is not the schools fault. This lies both ways, but its time for something major to be done. Pearlman, Osborne, your on the clock.”

    Firstly *you’re. Secondly…. what has proven that he is a good coach? When we get the ball in the paint or make aggressive moves toward the hoop, good things tend to happen. Instead we run around the arc for 30 seconds, hawk up a contested shot, miss it, and run back to attempt to play defense. We have FOUR SENIORS AND ONE JUNIOR starting this team. You know who makes the big dance when lack of talent may be an issue? TEAMS WITH SENIOR GUARDS WHO PLAY WITHIN THEIR MEANS. We have so much experience playing for us that the mistakes we see on the court night in an night out are INEXCUSABLE. Speaking of lack of talent… who is that on? OH YEAH. One final point; we have some of the best practice facilities and a new arena incoming and where does a good in state recruit sign on to play basketball? IOWA. That’s right. IOWA. If you can’t even get quality in state products to stay in state with the abundance of flashy new equipment and a new arena incoming then how are we to expect ANY good talent to want to come to Nebraska? In the end it all falls on the coach, and we haven’t seen anything to suggest we will progress under him even if we gave him 10 more years. I would love to be wrong, it just doesn’t appear to be likely.