Football coach Mike Riley’s name is the one that popped up most frequently once Nebraska announced the firing of athletic directory Shawn Eichorst on Thursday, but basketball coach Tim Miles knows nothing is guaranteed for him either.
“What I’m going to tell our guys is, listen: this doesn’t truly affect us. We control our own destiny, this is the team we have now,” Miles told the Lincoln Journal-Star Thursday. “What we need to do is get better on the floor, have better results, and show the progress we know that we’ve been building toward, and go do it and prove it on the floor every night out.”
Miles’ career at Nebraska is at a critical juncture. He went 12-19 last season and is 75-86 (.466 winning percentage) in five years with the Cornhuskers.
He lended his support for Eichorst, the man who stuck with him even though Miles’ hiring came under Tom Osborne’s tenure as athletic director.
“I think at a point in time like this, you feel bad for Shawn and his family,” Miles said. “Also, you have to put your trust in Chancellor Green and President Bounds, and know that they’re looking out for the best interest of our athletic department, and they want to see it succeed, and they’re going to go out and get somebody in place and help everybody elevate their programs.”