Skip navigation
Sign up to follow your favorites on all your devices.
Sign up

Tim Miles makes a tattoo bet with Terran Petteway if Nebraska makes the Sweet 16?

Tim Miles

Nebraska coach Tim Miles directs his team during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Michigan State, Sunday, Jan. 13, 2013, in East Lansing, Mich. Michigan State won 66-56. (AP Photo/Al Goldis)


Making fun bets always seem to make things a little more interesting, and when the bet involves a 48-year-old head coach potentially getting his first tattoo, it definitely ups the ante.

The bet I’m talking about?

An amusing tattoo wager between Nebraska junior wing Terran Petteway and his head coach, Tim Miles.

According to Robin Washut of Huskers Online, Petteway and his coach bet that if Nebraska made the Sweet 16 this season that Miles would get Petteway’s dual shoulder red star tattoos on his own body.


It doesn’t end there.

Yahoo’s Jeff Eisenberg caught up with Miles and Petteway about the supposed tattoo bet and Miles acknowledged that it was spoken about, but no handshake sealed the deal.

“I said it, BUT we didn’t shake on it,” Miles texted to Eisenberg. Miles later added, “Let’s just hope we have this conversation in March.”

Petteway, meanwhile, finds it amusing that his head coach -- who is currently ink free -- brought up this bet and seems to be entertaining the idea.

“I thought he was just joking around at first, but he kept saying he was serious,” Petteway said to Eisenberg. “I’m like, ‘Alright, I’m going to hold you to it.’”

Miles doesn’t sound like he’s fully committed to the idea of this bet, but now that it’s out in the public, he’s probably going to have to go through with this if it actually happens. How would it look in recruiting or with his own locker room if Miles backed out on an amusing bet that he made with one of his players?

But as Miles also pointed out to Eisenberg, I hope we’re at least entertaining this conversation in March and it potentially comes up because it would make for a fun extra wrinkle to the NCAA Tournament.

One thing is for sure, this tattoo bet is a little more daring than Rick Pitino’s tattoo bet in which he got ink of the Cardinals logo when Louisville won the national title.

Not only does Nebraska have to win fewer games to make this bet happen, but Miles would get more tattoos if he has to follow through with this.

My big question: Since tattoo bets seem to be growing in popularity, when are we going to see a coach make a tattoo wager involving a full arm sleeve?

Follow @phillipshoops