SAN ANTONIO — As far as Clark Kellogg is concerned, Nebrasketball ain’t broke. So why do some Nebraska fans think getting rid of Tim Miles will fix it?
“I’ve enjoyed what he’s built,” the longtime CBS Sports basketball analyst told Land of 10 at the Final Four when asked about the Cornhuskers’ effusive basketball coach.
“And clearly, they’ve got a tournament opportunity — they were right there on the cusp. They didn’t have quite enough, based on the landscape. But again, I think the foundation is there, so you’ve got to stay the course.”
Nebraska athletic director Bill Moos agrees, apparently. Moos told the Associated Press last week that he plans on discussing a contract extension with Miles after the 2018 NCAA Tournament championship game Monday night between Villanova and Michigan.
‘From where I sit, I think he’s been dynamic and is doing a nice job.’
— CBS Sports analyst Clark Kellogg on Nebraska coach Tim Miles
Nebraska (22-11) wound up tied for fourth in the Big Ten with Michigan (33-7) at 13-5. The Huskers’ 22 victories were their most in a season since 1982-83.
The Big Red also tied a program record with a 13 conference victories, a tally last matched when Nebraska played in the Missouri Valley Conference in 1924-25. The Huskers were 16-1 at home this season — where they stomped Michigan by 20 in January and fell to Kansas by a point in December.
But while the Wolverines and Jayhawks danced all the way to the Final Four, the Huskers were snubbed by the NCAA Tournament selection committee and assigned a 5 seed in the National Invitation Tournament.
“Hey, certain places are different in terms of the ability to do it quicker,” Kellogg said.
“And sometimes, a place like Nebraska that doesn’t have the rich tradition and history and pattern of success, it takes a little longer. And you have to keep the expectations tempered based on where you are and what the circumstances are.”
Miles, who sports a 97-97 record over six seasons in Lincoln, has two years remaining on a deal that reportedly will pay him $2.375 million per year in 2018 and 2019.
“From where I sit, I think he’s been dynamic and is doing a nice job,” Kellogg said of the Nebraska coach. “He’s got the right things moving and he’s got them moving in the [right] direction.”