Tim Miles continues to make a name for himself (and hopefully Nebraska basketball, too) this off-season. You may have heard about and hopefully read the terrific story that showed up on my twitter feed so many times this week. Coach gave ESPN's Jason King a day of unfettered access on the recruiting trail. King wove a really colorful piece about what happens behind the curtain. We got to see a little more of Miles' personality and a lot more of how much of a grind recruiting can be during the summer for these coaches, and Coach seems to be a grinder.
Check out some of the highlights after the jump, and I do recommend you take the time to read the whole thing, it really is entertaining and enlightening.
On what he's looking for to build his program:
"We've got everything we need to be successful," Miles says. "There's no reason we shouldn't be able to win. We've got to be among the top five or 10 in the country when it comes to facilities."
Recruits are taking notice. Miles estimated that nearly 50 prospects have made unofficial visits to Nebraska since his hiring. Transfers from schools such as Florida and Texas Tech now call Lincoln home, and when it comes to excitement Cornhuskers fans are buzzing about the program's future like never before.
"I've actually had people follow me into the restroom to wish me luck," Miles says. "The support is going to be there. These people are dying for a winner."
Pulling out of the parking lot, Miles' voice rises as he speaks into the phone. He gives the prospect updates about other players he's recruiting and promises to be at his game in KC at 9 the following morning.
Miles wishes the recruit luck, puts his phone in the center console and smiles.
"I love it when guys ask questions like that," says Miles, declining to identify the caller. "I like it when they say, 'Coach, who else are you recruiting? What's the team going to look like? What's your estimate on when we can get this done?'
"Those are the best questions in the world, because it means the kid is about the right things. It means they're about winning. They're not asking how many shots they're going to get or how many minutes they're going to play. They're asking, 'Who is going to be with me?' That's great."
"I try to determine if a kid is going to be a good teammate," he says. "When a guy falls down, does he go over and help him up? How does he react when one of his teammates makes a good play? How does he interact with officials?
"When something goes wrong, does he dwell on it or concentrate on the next play? One time I was arguing a call and the ref said, 'Coach, you're never going to be a history major and make it in this business.' In other words, you can't live in the past. You've got to concentrate on to the next-best action."
Then there's the most important factor.
"Seriously," says Miles, pointing. "See that kid right there? Look at all the hair on his legs. That means he's probably finished growing. Hairy legs at that age is a bad sign."
There's a lot more in the story, do yourself a favor and check it out. I dare you to not be a fan of Tim Miles when you're done reading it. You'll also learn where Nebraska might have a leg up on Michigan State coach Tom Izzo (hint, he has the same "problem" Coach Sadler complained about, or should I say a booster claimed about for him)...
Here's the rest of the news from July in the Nebrasketball world. For most of the rest of us, it was a fairly quiet month in the world of Nebraska basketball. The steady stream of potential recruits stopping by continued. If you're interested in who those players might have been, I commend to you this twitter feed. (Robin does a great job of staying on top of who's coming and going.) A name to keep an eye on: Nick Fuller.
- The only exciting news, or at least of mild interest came from Akoy Agau who we learned, at least for now, favors Georgetown. Agau, not Miles' first season at Nebraska, will be the major story on the Nebrasketball front until he makes a decision as to where he will play his collegiate basketball. Nebraska is still in the mix. He's not planning to make a decision for a while. You know what would be fun? Him making his announcement in the post game interview in the bowels of the Devaney Center after clinching a 4th straight state champonship, live on NET! Now that'd be something.
- We also learned that Deverell Biggs has, in fact, met all of his qualifications and will be on campus. Wasn't really in jeopardy, just a few "i"s to dot and "t"s to cross and he did that. Which is good, so now Miles have that standout on the practice floor and sitting on the end of the bench. See you in 2013-14, Dev!
- The only other real news of note is that Nebraska will head to El Paso, TX to play in the Sun Bowl Invitational December 22-23. Nebraska will play Central Michigan and wither Arkansas Pine-Bluff or UTEP. If you're going to be in the El Paso area over the holiday, you can get into all 4 games for as little as $20. That's a Cookie Belcher steal, right there.