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Yesterday’s loss was bad, but it shouldn’t be the end.

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It was a lousy day for Nebraska basketball yesterday.

The women’s team lost to Creighton 80 – 64 to drop to 4 – 7 on the season. It’s been a tough start for them, but that’s to be expected in Amy Williams first season after the mess she’s taken over. She will get time to resurrect the program.

The men’s team lost to Gardner-Webb, a game they had no business losing. Gardner-Webb is a middling Big South team with a RPI at 272. The Huskers didn’t just lose, they looked flat and lifeless. Even when they showed some urgency towards the end of the game it wasn’t enough as they had given Gardner Webb too much incentive to win.

It was horrible.

The obvious question after the game is how much this heats the seat on which Tim Miles is sitting. For some of you that seat is quite hot. For others, that seat should be vacant and in process of having someone else replace its occupant. In my case, the seat isn’t that hot although it certainly got warmer after yesterday’s loss. I still have plenty of patience left for Tim Miles.

Reasons for patience? His team is young and he finally has a whole team in place that really isn’t made up of a mixture of transfers and recruits. Nebraska owes him the chance to get his young players through to their senior seasons and then see where he’s at at that point in time.

I don’t understand the fan mindset that believes Nebraska can fire Tim Miles and replace him with whatever coach we want by merely throwing money at the problem. Nebraska is not in that position. Nebraska men’s basketball is a coaching graveyard, a Big Ten cellar dweller, and until someone takes this program and builds it from scratch into a consistent winner, it will remain that way.

The question of “Why would someone come to Nebraska to coach men’s basketball?” is very relevant, probably the most relevant question you could ask. You can point to the fact that Nebraska has some of the best facilities in the nation, or that Nebraska could afford nearly any coach on the market and you’d be right. You could point to the fact that Nebraska “does things the right way” and we could debate whether or not that leads to success (winning) in men’s college basketball.

The biggest problem is that Nebraska is competing with a whole lot of other schools that can offer the same thing that Nebraska has, but without the “graveyard” implication. Be honest, when you see that Purdue is going on a coaching search for football, you think “Why in the hell would anybody ever want to coach in that place?”, don’t you? That is Nebraska in men’s basketball. as I stated previously, Nebraska will stay in that position until a coach is given time to make them successful for a few years, and by success I mean finishing in the upper half of the Big Ten on a regular basis.

I’d really like to see Nebraska men’s basketball become successful before I die (again). I don’t want us to have to start all over again to accomplish that and I still believe that Tim Miles can get this done.

Not the worst idea ever, coach. Twitter is nothing but a losing proposition.


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