Is Tim Miles on the hot seat?
According to a Thursday report from the Omaha World Herald’s Lee Barfknecht, Nebraska won’t give Miles the customary one-year contract extension to stretch his current contract out to five years.
Despite athletics director Shawn Eichorst’s insistence to Barfknecht that he’s optimistic about the direction of the men’s basketball program, the lack of an extension isn’t a sign that things are going great.
Extensions are commonplace with college basketball and football coaches, and keeping them under contract for four or five years allows coaches to promise recruits that they’ll be around for the entirety of any given player’s collegiate tenure. Allowing a coach to work under a shorter contract doesn’t signal that a change is coming — but it isn’t a vote of confidence either.
Miles hasn’t been able to capitalize on the success of his second season in Lincoln, when the Huskers finished fourth in an ultra-competitive Big Ten and made the NCAA tournament at the end of the 2013-14 campaign. That appearance was a quick exit from the Round of 64, and in the two seasons since, Nebraska has finished 12th and 11th in the conference standings, respectively, winning a combined 11 league games.
And that’s all the while boasting some of the Big Ten’s best players and highest scorers in Terran Petteway, Shavon Shields and Andrew White III.
The past two seasons have also featured a whirlwind of player movement, with transfers, retirements and pro departures abounding. The most recent was also perhaps the most upsetting for Miles, when White opted to transfer away from Nebraska after going through the NBA Draft process. White still hasn’t made a decision on where he’ll play next, though he paid a visit to Nebraska’s conference rival Michigan State.
“I want to put out a product that everybody is proud of,’’ Miles told Barfknecht. “Me and my staff will be rewarded when the time is right.’’