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Friday Flakes: The Tim Miles Assumption and Niobrara Has Seen This Before

You know what they say about assumptions...

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Let’s assume that Tim Miles will be fired. I’m not saying he should. I am not saying he shouldn’t. Regardless it just appears that it may a done deal.

It would be much easier for me, personally, if Tim Miles was an awful human being. From what I can tell that is not the case. He has a great sense of humor and actually wanted to stay here at Nebraska for the long-haul. He mentioned in the Jeff Goodman podcast that he wanted his kids to have a place they called “home.”

You know, when somebody asks where you are from or where you grew up that you can say, “I grew up in Nebraska.”

However, when making the hiring or firing decision you have to put that stuff aside. Luckily for me, I don’t get to make that decision.

One thing I am happy to remind myself is that Coach Miles likely will not be unemployed for long. I think what he has done at Nebraska shows he is a good basketball coach. Plus, the national view of Nebraska and how it is a wasteland for men’s basketball should be in Coach Miles’ favor.

“Look at what he did at Nebraska! Nebraska is where basketball coaches go to die!” - Future Boss for Coach Miles.

That would be fine. I hope Coach Miles gets a great job. I think he deserves it. At the same time I hope Nebraska gets a great coach.

Obviously, this is all based off of the assumption that he is gone.

And you know what they say about assumptions...

Niobrara Has Seen This Before

After one of our national SB Nation writers had a question about “bugeaters,” one of our Corn Nation staffers provided a link to the Nebraska Historical Society. One of the tags at the bottom of the article was “weird.” So I clicked on it and a short blog post from May 9th, 2018 was at the top of the page.

Niobrara: A Town Too Tough to Stay Put

“The town of Niobrara was established in 1857 along the Missouri River, about a mile southeast of its confluence with the Niobrara river. In March 1881 an ice jam flooded the town with three to six feet of water. By April the town had been flooded three times. Teamsters, armed with house jacks, winches and capstans, block-and-tackles, oxen, mules, and horses moved Niobrara, building by building, to the benchland a mile and a half to the southwest. Although moving an entire town seems remarkable, Niobrara was moved again in the 1970s when a rising water table, caused by the Gavins Point Dam, threatened the town. The third, and current, town of Niobrara was dedicated on July 4, 1977.”

The post included old pictures from 1881. Many were of houses put on wheels and pulled over a mile away.

It is somewhat surreal to find that post after the devastation that has overtaken the state of Nebraska. Niobrara was hit again.

If you can help in anyway, whether it be through volunteering for the cleanup or through monetary donations then do it. Jill had many links in her Flakes on Wednesday with ways to help.

Also, Jon published Nebraska Strong, Red Cross Donations And Resources To Help Flood Victims in the Midwest this morning. Give it a look.

Time for flakes..

Sports News - Nebraska and Otherwise

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Have a great weekend.