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Hooper last won the day on October 7 2016

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  1. Time to eat a little crow

    I'll admit that I haven't been a serious Husker hoops fan for a long time relative to most here. I barely even paid attention during the Collier and Sadler eras, but was determined to be all in on Husker hoops from the day Miles was hired. The long-term Husker hoops fans undoubtedly have more perspective than I do. However, I feel that long-term perspective can also cause some fans to be more accepting of poor achievement or results as a consequence of having endured so much of it previously. It's important not to succumb to the battered wife syndrome. "Coach [insert name] isn't that bad. Yeah, he beats me, but at least he doesn't put his cigarettes out on my arm like coach Collier did." I'm an advocate for heightened expectations. Nebraska basketball's history under Collier and Sadler is not the reference standard I ever want applied to this program. Times have changed and I feel that Nebraska fans should expect to see a good product on the court and not use those previous eras of futility as a point of reference for the present-day program. Anyway, I just came here to eat crow because Tim has done a very commendable job of turning the program around from where it was at the end of last season, and I'm rooting for him.
  2. Time to eat a little crow

    Norm, I see your point, but my point is that if we have a certain standard for what constitutes an acceptable performance level (let's assign a hypothetical number value to it for simplicity's sake of 75), then if a coach turns in a 68, which still falls in the realm of "unacceptable," the fact that the program has been at 54 or 63 or 49 or whatever, over certain periods in its history, doesn't make the 68 acceptable, as it still falls within the realm of unacceptable. The funny thing about this is that I was the guy passionately arguing against the anti-Miles crowd during most of last season (mostly on other boards). However, at some point toward the end of last year, once the transfers were known, and after everything that had transpired, Tim pushed me over the edge as a fan, and I began to consider the situation unacceptable. That's where subjectivity enters the picture, as many of you did not deem the situation as unacceptable. I'm glad that my wishes and my perspective on the situation did not prevail, as he put an outstanding team on the court this year, and I don't feel the transfers had a substantially-negative impact on the program once the dust settled. At some point, however, coach Miles has got to bring more roster stability to this program in terms of keeping major contributors in the fold.
  3. Time to eat a little crow

    I knew someone was going to come back with this angle. Of course the program has seen lower lows than it has under Miles. In fact, I'm certain it's seen lower lows than anything we could cite from the Miles, Collier or Sadler eras. 1898 was a hell of a rough season for our Husker hoopsters. After all, they lost not once, but TWICE, to the Lincoln YMCA! Oh, the horror! :-) The context of my post was confined to the Miles era, and, quite honestly, expectations have risen with the move to the Big Ten. It also does not follow logically that what happened last year is acceptable or doesn't represent grounds for termination simply because the program has had lower low points in its history. I mean, would a jury let a guy off on a murder case simply because they've seen worse? "Your honor, we feel he shouldn't go to jail after killing that man because, to be honest, we've seen much worse. We tried a case last year where the defendant ate his victims after killing them, so this guy isn't so bad in comparison." Also, for those praising Eichorst for not firing Miles last year, from what I've heard, that was not his decision. Eichorst had intended to fire Miles but was cut off at the knees by the Board of Regents. This was not because they didn't agree with the decision but because they didn't trust Eichorst to make another major hire and had already started to plan his demise at that point. Knowing Shawn lacked the political capital to fire Miles, he backed down. If you're pleased that Tim was retained, credit the BOR.
  4. Time to eat a little crow

    As for me, I was a consistent and vocal Miles supporter until the skid at the end of last season and subsequent transfer of three key players, with Glynn also mulling over his options. The program was really at rock bottom at that point, and the mood was very down among the coaches, players and fans. I was really ready for a change and was disappointed when Eichorst retained Miles. If Miles Corp. were a stock, that would have been its bottom, and I was ready to sell and cut my losses. Then things started to turn around. Glynn announced he was staying, Miles and his staff won a huge recruiting battle for Thomas Allen, and then added an athletic center prospect in Okeke. I started to feel better about Tim and his program. I’m now back in Miles’ corner and am currently in favor of an extension. Last year was miserable, and I don’t feel guilty for wanting to go in another direction. Miles has admitted that he too was miserable on a personal level last year, and that probably permeated the entire mood of the program itself. It wasn't just about wins and losses for me. I felt the culture was broken too. I give Miles a ton of credit for righting the ship. I hope he continues to grow and evolve as a coach, because that's probably the best scenario for Nebraska basketball right now.
  5. Robin Washut said on HOL that it will be public tomorrow. Very disappointing decision, and I'm honestly surprised that he decided to transfer mid-year. He's really leaving his teammates in a bad spot.
  6. Jacobson Gone?

    Yes, McBride was a master of tough love. He loved those guys like his children (and they knew it), so they accepted all of the ass chewings, knowing he always had their best interests at heart and had their backs. It's a delicate balance to master, but it's a critical component of being a great coach who inspires and motivates his players in a way that's meaningful and sustainable. That's why, decades later, many of those guys still consider him to be like a second father and speak to him regularly on the telephone. That's the type of bond successful coaches create, and it's lacking in our basketball program right now.
  7. Jacobson Gone?

    To me, it's really not about coddling, but rather about balance. Balance is a key element in any successful human relationship, whether it's at the parent-child level, coach-player, manager-employee, etc. If you're going to criticize the negative, you should likewise praise and reinforce the positive. That's the essential balance that governs most successful human relationships, and without that balance, most relationships will deteriorate. At least that's my opinion.
  8. Jacobson Gone?

    In a nutshell, he's an asshole. The happy-go-lucky jokester persona he shows to the public is a bunch of BS. In private, he's very negative with the players, rides them very hard, is very critical without a lot of complementary positive encouragement and just wears guys down emotionally over time. Tough love is a great coaching style in my opinion, but tough without the love part burns players out and eventually causes them to check out mentally and disengage.
  9. Jacobson Gone?

    Yes, I do. I wouldn't throw that out here based on speculation. It comes from solid sources who speak to players. I routinely heard that the players don't like playing for Miles and to expect multiple transfers if he were retained. Based on how the second part of that played out, it gives me every reason to believe the first part, and it came from more than one source.
  10. I feel it would have made a huge difference. We all experienced the misery of last season's grind as fans. Imagine experiencing it as a player. It had to have been a very difficult ride, and there's a domino effect there too. More losses equal frustrated coaches in perpetually-bad moods, which equals more negativity, more criticism, more finger pointing, tougher practices, and an overall dark cloud over the program that I'm sure impacted the psyche of the players. By the end of the season, it was obvious that they checked out emotionally. Winning cures a lot of ills.
  11. Jacobson Gone?

    Of the 14 players recruited by Miles since he arrived, nine have transferred. That's more transfers than the football team has had! Yes, a program with 13 scholarship slots (and Miles rarely even filled them all) has had more transfers than a team with 85 scholarship slots. That's profoundly disturbing to me. Get a coach who inspires his players and is a true leader of men and watch the transfers drop dramatically. I know I'm virtually alone in the wilderness on that view here, as almost everyone else here seems to be convinced that all of these transfers are mostly attributable to millennial culture or the mercenary nature of college basketball, but as long as we have a coach that players don't like playing for, who can't inspire young men to believe in something bigger than themselves, they will continue to happen at an alarming rate. I joked with another board member recently that, for most of the posters here to sour on Miles, they'd literally need to come home and find him in bed with their wives, and, even then, some would give him a mulligan if he washed the sheets before he left. I'm not putting you in that category, but that seems to be the prevailing mindset.
  12. Jacobson Gone?

    Decisions are rarely made in such simplistic terms. Life is more complex than that. When players leave, it's usually due to combination of different factors. I'm not saying all of those factors have equal weight in the decision, but when players leave, it's rarely for just one reason. Role concerns were surely a factor for both players. However, dislike for the head coach also played a role. The problem is that, in the absence of a strong bond with the head coach and true buy in, the other factors are more likely to cause a player to pull the trigger on transferring when a stronger bond might have resulted in retaining the player despite his concerns about his role.
  13. Jacobson Gone?

    Exactly. Numerous basketball insiders (I am not one) were saying even weeks before the Big Ten tournament to expect multiple transfers if Miles was retained. If they knew it, then Eichorst must have known it. If not, it says something very disturbing about his management of this program and emotional investment in it. Now, a few weeks later, the program has just sustained its fourth off-season transfer (a full third of the team's scholarship roster) and is awaiting an imminent decision on its fifth. Someone needs to be held accountable for this mess, and though Mark Boehm should be fired, this is not on him. He'd be nothing more than a scapegoat for those who are truly responsible.
  14. Jacobson Gone?

    Time to hire a coach who inspires his players and instills loyalty -- a coach players respect and want to play for. It may not happen this year, but it needs to happen, or the cycle will simply continue. I am not talking about coddling players. I'm talking about forming a real, substantive bond with them. I'm not saying we should hire Craig Smith, but I would absolutely cite him as an example of a coach who truly forms strong bonds with his players and inspires them. Miles is not that kind of coach.
  15. Morrow leaving

    I don't dispute what Sam and others posted in this thread with respect to the me-first culture that permeates college athletics these days. However, none of that excuses the reality that we have a basketball program with a broken culture -- a program led by a coach who exudes positive energy in public, but in private mostly exudes negative energy. It doesn't change the fact that the leader of our basketball program has a coaching style that wears players down emotionally to the point that they have no loyalty to him, dislike playing for him and eventually just want to get as far away from him as possible. If you believe I'm engaging in speculation here, think again. You guys can keep blaming millennial culture or whatever other labels you want to put on it. It won't change the inherent culture of this program, which is excessively negative and emotionally draining and demoralizing for its players. These same millennials populate our football program too, yet they're not transferring in substantial numbers. Why is that? With MJ, we're talking about nearly ONE THIRD of our scholarship players transferring out of the program in the off-season. Think about that for a second. That's the equivalent of TWENTY-SIX football players transferring out in one year! If Glynn leaves, we're talking about 5 of 13 scholarship players transferring, which would represent nearly 40% of our scholarship players leaving the program. If people want to blame all of this on millennial culture, be my guest, but I believe you're externalizing something that is, to a great extent, internal in nature.
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