OT - Sadler fired from Nebraska

Submitted by JHendo on March 9th, 2012 at 4:26 PM

Didn't see this posted already, but according to sources, Nebraska has just canned Doc Sadler after a horrible, yet somewhat expected, 4-14 conference record in their Big Ten inagural year.  Lot's of cleaning house in B1G basketball today...

http://espn.go.com/mens-college-basketball/story/_/id/7666673/nebraska-cornhuskers-fire-doc-sadler-coach-source-says

Comments

Feat of Clay

March 9th, 2012 at 4:33 PM ^

Heh, I just posted similar news to the Bruce Weber thread.  I thought I was the only one who cared.  Looking forward to the day when we all have a reason to care about Husker basketball.

Anyway, the press conference is on BTN's website right now (4:30 EST).

B-Nut-GoBlue

March 9th, 2012 at 4:38 PM ^

He seemed like a likeable and good coach (for Nebraska at least).  I'm not sure what they were expecting coming into the Big 10.  The fact they won FOUR games I thought was a testament to him, not necessarily their talent.  Oh well. 

LSAClassOf2000

March 9th, 2012 at 4:46 PM ^

First Bruce Weber and now Doc Sadler....

I must say, I am not sure what Nebraska expected in basketball when they switched to the Big Ten. They weren't exactly kicking butt in the Big 12, and this first year in the Big Ten, they've done even less of that. It may take more than someone like Doc Sadler (who actually seemed like a decent fit there) to fix that program and make it relevant, but I rather feel sorry for the guy because conference switch, at least to me, made it "apples and oranges" in terms of performance even if it wasn't so great to begin with. 

go16blue

March 9th, 2012 at 5:50 PM ^

Being in the B1G gives them a bigger platform for recruiting, and they needed a coach that could capitalize on that, hopefully giving the program some momentum. It wouldn't make sense to fire the guy befoore his first year in the B1G, but I think this firing has been expected and planned out by Nebraska's AD since their move to the B1G.

El Jeffe

March 9th, 2012 at 4:46 PM ^

They're gonna have to reach into the literally ones of NBA stars from NE in order to bring excitement to Lincoln. How 'bout the Polish Rifle?

Needs

March 9th, 2012 at 4:46 PM ^

This is a new building firing. As in, Nebraska's opening a new building next year and they're worried about selling seats, wo they're looking to create a sense of hope by bringing in someone new. 

It's hard to see who they're going to get who can do that, though. Anyone up and coming is not going to be dumb enough to take that job. Anyone who's not won't meet the criteria as "more exciting than Sadler." This seems like little more than a change for change's sake, whereas the Weber firing, you can legitimately argue he was in over his head.

urbanachiever

March 9th, 2012 at 4:47 PM ^

What did Nebraska expect?  First year in the conference is tough enough, but when you consider that the B1G was easily the best conference in basketball this season, this was definitely the expected outcome

manchild56

March 9th, 2012 at 4:55 PM ^

enough about Cornhusker basketball, but I didn't think they were so great in the Big 12 that they should be expecting much more than what happened in year one of the Big Ten. Maybe he derserved more than just one year after coming into a new conference. I also have no idea what his record is, or how many years he has been there. But they have some talent from the few games I did catch of them.

ziggolfer

March 9th, 2012 at 5:54 PM ^

While I don't doubt Tom Osbourne knows what he is doing, it seems like this jump is a quick  decision. the Big 12 is not the worst of NCAA basketball scene, but really how could Nebraska expect their team to do in their first season? Maybe they can go out and get someone better now that they are in the BIg 10 and try to improve facilities to attract recruits. But really who would want to go to Nebraska to play bball when you have Kansas or Missouri in your backyard? They will need to up their game in order to compete.

j-turn14

March 10th, 2012 at 1:29 AM ^

And the announcers mentioned Alford as someone that Nebraska might be interested in, but I feel like if he really wanted to move back in to a power conference he could find a better  spot.