LINCOLN, Neb. — Nebraska basketball coach Tim Miles said Wednesday morning that despite a losing record, he believes the program is headed in the right direction.
“Over the last couple of weeks, there have been questions about my longevity at Nebraska, and I want to be forceful that I want to be the coach here,” Miles said in his opening remarks to reporters on Wednesday. “I believe (Athletic Director) Shawn (Eichorst) wants me to be the coach here, I believe (Executive Associate Athletic Director) Marc Boehm does, too.”
Miles comments come on the heels of a column published in the Omaha World-Herlad Tuesday night detailing Miles’ current contract situation. Miles was not given a one-year extension last year. His contract is up in March 2019.
“A lot has been made of what hasn’t been done,” Miles said. “But I want to talk about what has been done.”
Miles said he feels great about the relationship between he and the athletic department. He said he talks with both Eichorst and Boehm on a regular basis and is given encouraging and positive feedback.
“We’ve improved out staff, we’re improved out recruiting budget,” Miles said. “I think if you look at the overall welfare of the student-athletes, of what we can provide, like with laptops coming in, Nebraska’s never been in better shape.”
Miles said he feels “really comfortable” in the direction the program is going but knows full well some fans don’t agree with him on that.
“I know some fans are little bit unhappy with my management of the results,” Miles said. “I can find a lot of different reasons to tell you we’re on the right track. But I can’t prove it with a winning record.”
Miles is 75-81 in nearly five years as head coach at Nebraska. In four complete seasons, Miles only has one season with a winning record, which was 2013-14, when Nebraska reached the NCAA Tournament for the first time in nearly two decades. Besides that season, Nebraska has never finished higher than 10th in the Big Ten.
Nebraska is 12-14 on the year and ninth in the Big Ten.
“I don’t think anyone wants to be .500. We want excellence. I scheduled for excellence. I don’t schedule for the NIT, I don’t schedule for wins. We want excellence. We want what everyone wants,” Miles said. “Our standard every year is to make the NCAA Tournament and win when we get there. I want that to be my legacy, I want that to be the legacy of our players, and I want our players to buy into that legacy. And I think everyone is on the same page with that.”
Nebraska plays at Michigan State on Thursday evening.