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  1. Perhaps, but that's more or less telling me I'm imagining things or misinterpreting the situation. Perhaps you'd like to offer your take on the awful body language displayed by a number of players recently? You can chalk it up to general frustration about the season and just being tired, but I beg to differ, and that's supported by things I've heard from informed parties.
  2. The reality is that you asked a question I'm not informed enough to answer with any degree of certainty, which forces me to speculate. It's not implied that Nick would have left if Miles were a tough coach to play for. It's likewise not implied that Nick staying as long as he has refutes the notion that Miles is a tough coach to play for. It's also not the case that every player who plays for Miles has a bad relationship with him, regardless of whether or not he's tough to play for. I know Brandon Ubel seems to have a good relationship with Miles to this day. I'm not convinced that Nick would be forced to go D2 if he were to transfer. I'm not saying he's headed to Kansas or Duke, but I feel that a lower-tier D1 team like Arkansas-Pine Bluff, Maine or Coppin State, to cite a few representative examples, would possibly be enthusiastic to grab a guy like Nick, who does a lot of things well and could bring a tough, physical presence to a team that might lack it. Did the prospect of uprooting himself only to sit out a year discourage Nick from transferring earlier? You may know the answer to that, but I can tell you that I do not. Nevertheless, it's an important variable in the equation, no? We also can't ignore the guys who did decide to transfer, and, while I don't fault the staff for the departures of guys like Tarin Smith, Jake Hammond, Nate Hawkins and even AWIII, I strongly believe that Miles' coaching style certainly didn't discourage those guys from leaving. Let's just put it that way. Ultimately, I just question how informative the Nick Fuller situation really is in relation to assessing Miles' coaching style. I've heard from multiple sources over the past couple of years that Tim has a very intense style of coaching in which he really gets after guys and doles out a lot of negativity without a lot of complementary positive reinforcement or encouragement. That can get old very quickly for guys and cause them to tune the coach out. Tough love is great, but tough without love often causes a dramatic deterioration in a player-coach relationship. Look at the body language recently of a guy like Glynn Watson. Do you like what you see? Does it not seem indicative to you of a player who's tuning his coach out? Maybe we just see things differently.
  3. When you frame your argument like that, I'm more inclined to agree with you because losing streaks happen to the best coaches, and you cited clear examples from two of the best who ever coached. If you still believe in a coach in the broader context (his overall vision for the program, his ability to perform all facets of his job capably), then of course you shouldn't be fazed by a four-game losing streak. However, my view on Miles is much more holistic and comprehensive than simply being upset about a four-game stretch during which the team was entirely uncompetitive. To me, this is more about a broken culture. Recent events that comprise far more than simply losing have led me to no longer believe in coach Miles in the larger context.
  4. Well, I don't believe he'll be here next year, as I believe he'll pursue a grad transfer opportunity, but every player’s story and motivation is different. Nick knows he’s not a great player. Right now he’s getting a free education, and, for all I know, he has a great group of friends and didn’t want to uproot himself and sit out a year somewhere else. I don’t have enough information to answer your question, but I don’t believe it’s implied that Nick Fuller would automatically leave just because Miles is a tough coach to play for.
  5. I disagree. This is a dynamic situation, not a static one. Circumstances change and evolve over time. This is about more than a bad losing streak. We've had bad losing streaks in the past under Miles, and we've had them this season. This isn't about losing four games in a row in dramatic fashion. To me, it's about a culture that has deteriorated, grown toxic and is in need of rebuilding. And, if we're talking about Miles' long-term vision, if the players apparently don't believe in it, why should I?
  6. I have to admit that it surprises me that some folks here are still in favor of Miles being retained. The truth is that, post-OSU a couple of weeks ago, I was right there with you. Things have changed drastically since then. Believe me, I see the talent on the roster that's due to return next year and fully grasp the argument that coach Miles and his staff deserve another year to see what they can do with that group. I made the same argument before the slide. However, I no longer believe it. It seems evident to me that the program's culture is not healthy right now. I believe the players have lost faith in Miles' ability to lead them to success, and it really looks like they've tuned him out. Despite Tim's happy-go-lucky public demeanor, I believe he's much different in private. He's reportedly a tough coach to play for, and not very positive with his players. I happen to believe that these traits have exacerbated an already difficult situation by making it miserable. The sideline tirade on Roby in the Illinois game did not sit well with me, and I know from reading posts from other fans that it didn't sit well with a lot of people. Isaiah's made a lot of freshman-type mistakes this year, but there has to be a better way to coach him than what I witnessed, and you didn't have to be an expert lip reader to decipher it. I found that whole exchange to be unacceptable, especially in light of what a good kid Isaiah is. I posted last week that an important component in any decision Eichorst makes on Miles is whether or not the coach has lost his team. I believe, without question, that Tim has in fact lost this team, and that pretty much seals it for me that he needs to go. Tim's outstanding recruiting over the past three classes bought him a lot of goodwill with me, but he's effectively used up all of his credit at this point and is now overdrawn. Finally, for those who are worried that players will transfer if Miles is canned, from what I've heard, the reality is precisely the opposite.
  7. I could go either way on this. After the past three games, I'm not feeling nearly as favorable toward Miles as I was before, and I guess I place a lot of value on whether or not the team has quit on him. Are we just watching a bunch of tired players who are ready for a failed season to be over with, or are there legitimate problems between Tim and the team that are contributing to what appears to be a lack of motivation? If it's the latter, then he needs to go. If they still believe in their coach, I'd be more willing to give him another year. Eichorst needs to get that figured out and act accordingly. I will say that I'm more ready for a change right now than I ever have been during Miles' tenure.
  8. Sure, if Copeland suddenly emerged as the type of player he was projected to be coming out of Brewster (top-25 nationally), then of course he'd start or at least play heavy minutes. The thing is that the player he was in high school never materialized with any consistency at Georgetown. He had a very respectable freshman season, but he's neither a true PF nor a true wing from the standpoint of being able to guard threes, and if his shot isn't hitting with consistency, minutes will be difficult to justify, because there will be a number of other options on the roster. Georgetown fans talk about Copeland "losing his shot." Hopefully he can find it again, because he's not a big-time rebounder or defender, and he doesn't seem like a big dribble-drive guy, despite showing off-the-charts athleticism in high school. He seems like a player who will have to make a living mostly as a shooter. We're going to see a level of depth on the team next year that we haven't seen in a long, long time. This is obviously a good problem to have. I just feel that Copeland is going to have to become a lot more consistent in everything he does to see substantial minutes, and if his defense is lacking, knowing this staff, his ass will be firmly planted on the bench. I'm very happy to have him, just because I feel he's worth the risk and likely superior to others we might be able to find so late in the recruiting season.
  9. I see Copeland as essentially a bonus player and will not worry too much about what he's able to contribute next year. I feel strongly that the team doesn't need him and won't be dependent on him to any great extent, but a strong contribution would obviously be very beneficial.
  10. This is mostly on Miles, but the reality of being an AD or a boss in any profession is that, whether your hires experience success or failure, you either get credited positively or partially blamed. In all honesty, I felt at the time that Tim Miles was an excellent hire by TO and would not throw TO under the bus if the Miles era ends with a termination. He rolled the dice on an up-and-coming young coach from a lower level of competition, and, while that comes with inherent risks, it's generally the reality of the way a program like Nebraska has to operate. I don't want too much emphasis put on TO in this whole thing, but he'd certainly bear more responsibility than Marc Boehm in my view. Ultimately, though, we're in agreement that this is on Tim Miles.
  11. I have a hard time blaming Boehm for the state of the basketball program. He didn't hire Miles. The person who hired Miles has already retired, and, in my opinion, unless the basketball team/staff weren't being given everything they needed to succeed, I'd be very hesitant to blame someone like Boehm. If this program succeeds right now, I'll credit Tim Miles and his staff. If it doesn't, I'll blame them. This is on Miles, and ultimately on Osborne, whether good or bad.
  12. At this point, Tim will be hard pressed to keep his job in my opinion. My patience has officially run out, and I have a very hard time believing that Shawn Eichorst feels differently.
  13. He's one of the only guys playing with any intensity out there right now, but his insistence on dribbling once in the paint every time he gets the ball kills his effectiveness in the post. Horrible habit.
  14. We can make all the rationalizations we want. Either you care and play with heart and pride or you don't.
  15. It's hard to believe that these guys actually care right now. This looks like a team that's quit on its coach and just doesn't give a shit. I'm disgusted.